The news broke this evening that Roberto Hernandez (also known as Fausto Carmona) has agreed to a deal to have the false identity charges against him dropped. In exchange, he will have to complete a work program in his home country of the Dominican Republic.
He’s been on the Indians restricted list since January, when he was arrested on false identity charges. It seems that the best case scenario would be for him to get a judicial pardon to allow him to return to the United States (and presumably take his place in the Indians’ starting rotation). I haven’t been able to find anything online that gives a timeline for the work program. It’s still too early to say how long the work program will take and whether or not he’ll be allowed to return to the U.S. We’ll certainly post updates as we get them, but this certainly seems like a positive development. (If any of our readers have expertise in immigration law, now would be a good time to speak up.)