Pitcher Carmona seeks pardon to rejoin Indians

DIONISIO SOLDEVILA Associated Press Published:

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona tells The Associated Press he hopes to obtain a judicial pardon and return to the Cleveland Indians this season.

Roberto Hernandez was placed on baseball's restricted list after he was arrested in the Dominican Republic on false identity charges last month. Authorities have said Hernandez is 31, three years older than he claimed.

Hernandez said Wednesday he keeps in touch with Indians manager Manny Acta and he is meeting with young baseball players to warn them about the problems of using a false identity.

Hernandez's agent, Jorge Brito, said he is confident Hernandez will soon rejoin the team.