Local January 20, 2012 | 8:41 am

Cleveland Indians hurler’s arrest a major blow to Santiago’s pennant push

Santo Domingo.- The Cleveland Indians pitcher known as Fausto Carmona spent the night in the fourth floor jail cell of the Ciudad Nueva Courthouse, where he’ll be arraigned Friday morning.

Real name Roberto Hernandez Heredia, Carmona was detained as he was leaving the US Consulate in the Dominican capital where he went to renew his visa. He was charged with having forged his identity since he signed a contract with the Indians in 2000.

The right-handed pitcher’s arrest is a major blow to his team, the Aguilas of Santiago’s quest for the Dominican Winter Baseball pennant.

Police spokesman Máximo Báez said the pitcherwas handed over to the National District prosecutor at 5:20pm. “Roberto Hernandez Heredia, known as Fausto Carmona, was already transferred to the Office of the District National Prosecutor and handed over to the prosecutor Jenny Berenice Reynoso for the pertinent aims and to establish the measures into the allegations.”

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