The Associated Press, by the way of ESPN, is reporting that the false identity charges against Roberto Hernandez Heredia, formerly and famously known as Fausto Carmona, have been dropped by the Dominican Republic prosecutors. The charges are being dropped as a condition of the Cleveland Indians pitcher completing a work program in his Caribbean homeland.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said the team is monitoring "the developments related to Roberto's return to the United States and remain in touch with his representatives."
"We are not able to elaborate beyond that at this point," he said in an email.Carmona is due to make $7 million this year, and the Indians hold options for 2013 at $9 million and 2014 at $12 million.
Hernandez Heredia is 31-years-old, three years older than people thought he was as Carmona. Immigration issues are likely to keep Hernandez out of the United States for awhile, but the Indians are doing everything they can to speed up that process.