The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona received his first bit of good news this offseason: Roberto Hernandez Heredia has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Dominican authorities to have his false identity charges. Carmona will have to participate in a community service work program in the Dominican Republic as part of the deal.
The next step for Hernandez and his legal team will be to be cleared by the U.S. Consulate and the Department of Homeland Security in order to obtain a waiver or a visa to return to the United States and resume his career with the Indians.
Currently, Hernandez is on the Indians’ restricted list. He is unable to collect any of his $7 million 2012 salary and is not counted on the team’s 40-man roster. Initially there was some talk of Hernandez facing a league suspension upon his return to the U.S., but those talks have tempered while Hernandez has visited multiple baseball academies to speak and urge the youth not to be led down the same path he was.
There is currently no timetable as to when Hernandez will return to the Indians but it is believed that he will be back sometime this season.