ESPN: MLB Players In False ID Cases Facing Ban
(NEW YORK) — Pitchers Juan Oviedo and Roberto Hernandez are still waiting on visas that would allow them to resume their careers in Major League Baseball. Although, you may know them better as Leo Nunez and Fausto Carmona. When they are able to return to the United States though, they will likely face some sort of suspension according to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.
In seven Major League seasons, Ovideo played as a relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals and Florida Marlins under the alias Leo Nunez. Hernandez had spent six seasons in the Majors with the Cleveland Indians as a starting pitcher under the name Fausto Carmona. Both players are from the Dominican Republic and have their careers on hold for the moment after it was discovered that they both used a false identity and age when they signed over a decade ago.
Gomez is also reporting that each player could be facing up to a six-week suspension once they are allowed back in the United States. Both player’s suspensions are believed to be part of the negotiations between the U.S. State Department and Major League Baseball.
Once Oviedo and Hernandez return, they will be allowed at their team’s extended spring training facilities during their suspensions before making their return to their respective big league clubs.
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