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Report: Robert Hernandez Could Be Back In Cleveland By All-Star Break

With the Indians starting staff currently in a rut, any sort of good news would be welcome. Not this this would take effect immediately, but the Tribe front office is hoping that they could get a shot in the arm after the All-Star break, in the form of a familiar face.

According to the PD’s Paul Hoynes, Roberto Hernandez, the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona, could be returning to Cleveland sooner than expected.

A lobbyist working on behalf of Roberto Hernandez, the Indians pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, said he could be back in the United States by the All-Star break.

“I think there is a good chance Roberto could be in Cleveland by the All-Star break,” said Stephen Payne, a visa expert and lobbyist hired Hernandez’s agents.

It seems as though this possible development of optimism in Hernandez’s camp comes after Juan Carlos Oviedo, the Miami Marlins pitcher who like Hernandez was found out to be someone other than Leo Nunez, was allowed to return to the United States last week. MLB suspended Oviedo for eight weeks. Hernandez could face disciplinary action from the league, though he agreed to a huge pay cut from the Indians to avoid a similar fate to that of Oviedo.

source: Paul Hoynes/PD

  • Boomhauertjs

    Can he play left field?

  • Natedawg86

    suspended for 8 weeks?  Really?  If Rob H comes in July, he would have missed half season already!

  • 5KMD

    “MLB suspended Oviedo for eight weeks. Hernandez could face disciplinary action from the league, though he agreed to a huge pay cut from the Indians to avoid a similar fate to that of Oviedo.”

    I think you missed the part where he took a huge pay cut so that he would not be suspended as long.

  • 5KMD

    Thank God, the Tribe will get back a pitcher without control issues. Wait…

  • REEPJP

    I’ve got it…..every 5 days Ubaldo and Rob will be told they’re the starting pitcher.  While each is warming up in the bullpen before the game they make the final decision on who will actually start based on which of the two is pitching less bad.  After the first sign of the starter losing it mentally (usually 3rd or 4th innning), in comes the other guy to give us his 3 or 4.

    Seriously though, does this mean Rob or Ubaldo would move to the bullpen as the long guy?  I joked about it above, but both guys seem to be capable of anywhere from 2-5 decent innings before the wheels fall off.

  • Natedawg86

    I read that but could not make sense of it?  Does this mean we are signing new player Roberto Hernandez?  Can anyone else make sense of this? 

    “MLB suspended Oviedo for eight weeks. Hernandez could face disciplinary action from the league, though he agreed to a huge pay cut from the Indians to avoid a similar fate to that of Oviedo.”

  • kjn

    I don’t understand it myself since MLB, not the Indians, will be handing down the suspension..

    I guess the thought process is that by making nice with the Indians, they’re hoping they could influence the commissioner to hand down a shorter suspension. In reality, I think the contract was reworked simply because the Indians would have just voided the contract completely otherwise. Not a lawyer, but I’d guess they’d have the upper hand if it came to that.

    Also: don’t know if you remember, but earlier in the year Hernandez was also doing public appearances in the DR telling young players to be honest. Basically, more good PR, don’t-throw-the-book-at-me behavior.

  • mgbode

    yeah, pretty sure that identity theft / fraud is a valid reason to void a contract.  i fully suspect MLB will suspend him and any thought otherwise is just his lobbyist lobbying.