Per Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Roberto Hernandez -- formerly known as Fausto Carmona -- has received his visa and will get to Cleveland this evening. A three-week suspension will begin today, meaning Hernandez could make his 2012 debut as soon as Aug. 11.
The three-week suspension really isn't too harsh, given there's little chance Hernandez was in pitching shape anyway. He'll be able to make starts in the minors to build up his strength while on the suspension.
Hernandez was arrested in January for using a false identity in the Dominican Republic. The soon-to-be 32-year-old posted a 5.25 ERA in 188 23 innings for Cleveland last season, thanks in large part to allowing a career-high 22 home runs in 32 starts.
Regardless, perhaps Camona can provide a fresh boost to a lagging Indians rotation. Heading into Saturday, the rotations of only three teams had higher ERAs: Colorado, Minnesota and Kansas City. On the season, four Cleveland starts have an ERA above 5: Derek Lowe, Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez and Ubaldo Jimenez.
We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:
Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.
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The Bulls waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu Saturday, which is minor news since they were mostly camp bodies competing for possibly a two-way contract.
The bigger development is that the Bulls’ roster is basically set, pending the signing of one player to the second two-way contract still available. No Iman Shumpert. No Alfonzo McKinnie. And that’s just naming two hometown products recently linked to the Bulls via the rumor mill.
The Bulls still want to see what they have in Chandler Hutchison, who did some individual shooting Saturday but missed all training camp with a hamstring injury. Denzel Valentine, currently out of the rotation, is staying ready.
And Shaq Harrison, who missed all five preseason games with his own hamstring injury but now is fully practicing, remains a Jim Boylen favorite.
And that’s what the roster staying set for now is about as much as anything. The buy-in Boylen has received from players dating to voluntary September workouts and bonds that have formed could be disrupted by the waiving of someone like Harrison, whose contract isn’t fully guaranteed but his commitment is.
While the Bulls recognize proven wing depth is a question mark, they value Harrison’s toughness and defensive ability. If Hutchison or Harrison or Valentine---if he gets an opportunity---don’t produce, perhaps a move could be made at a later date.
But expect only the signing of a second player to a two-way contract to join Adam Mokoka for now.
“We’ve been talking about that,” Boylen said. “We’re working on that. We’ve got our list and have reached out to some people. We’re actively in process.”
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