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Roberto Hernandez Heredia works out deal to have false identity charges dropped

Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona, whose real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, center, is escorted by police out of court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday Jan. 20, 2012. Hernandez made a tearful apology as he was released on bail following his arrest on Thursday outside the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican capital as he went to get his visa renewed, for allegedly using a false identity to play baseball in the U.S. He is the second Dominican player arrested in recent weeks for using a false identity. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz)

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According to the Associated Press, Roberto Hernandez Heredia struck a deal to have his false identity charges dropped in exchange for completing a work program in his native Dominican Republic.

Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, was placed on baseball’s restricted list in January after he was arrested for faking his identity. He is currently preparing for the season at the Indians’ complex in the Dominican and hoped to receive a judicial pardon in order to resume his playing career in the United States. We don’t know the details of the work program yet and he may still have trouble obtaining a visa, so the timeline for his return is unclear.

The Indians picked up Hernandez’s $7 club million option last October, but he won’t be paid as along as he remains on the restricted list.