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Cleveland Indians’ Fausto Carmona Placed on Restricted List: A Fan’s Reaction
The Cleveland Indians have placed Fausto Carmona on the restricted list, meaning he will not count against the 25- or 40-man roster, nor will he be paid until he is able to report. The Indians are set to open spring training beginning in February.
Carmona, whose real name was discovered to be Roberto Hernandez Heredia will still be referred to as Fausto Carmona until he gets his legal situation figured out in the Dominican Republic.
He was arrested last week and charged for allegedly falsifying his name and birth date in order to sign with the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in 2000. It was discovered that Carmona might be 31 years old, three years older than what is listed in Cleveland's media guide.
Carmona was released from jail on $13,000 bail and must stay in the Dominican Republic to complete the judicial process. It is likely he will miss a good portion, if not all of spring training.
Manager Manny Acta stated the Indians are doing all they can to help Carmona. It is proof that the team is not ready to turn their back on the pitcher that has had more than his share of ups and downs throughout his career.
Carmona is slated to make $7 million this season. His spot in the rotation including Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin, and Derek Lowe was expected somewhere near the back end. The Indians acquired Kevin Slowey in a trade with the Colorado Rockies as insurance.
While some fans are calling for the Indians to cut Carmona outright, I respect the fact they are standing behind their players. Is $7 million too much for a pitcher who has been inconsistent throughout his career? Of course it is, but that is sometimes the danger of a long-term deal. Had Carmona been the dominant pitcher he was in 2007 in the last few years, fans would be singing a different tune.
We will likely see Roberto Hernandez pitch for the Indians at some point this season, assuming he follows Spanish naming customs, or Roberto Heredia if he does not. Perhaps fans will get their wish for Carmona to be gone, he will just emerge as a different person entirely.
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