Feb 1, 2012, 1:40 PM EST
Good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez, as Dominican Today reports that “the U.S. State Department could pardon the Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity.”
That apparently comes from some remarks consul general William Weissman made during an event yesterday, although he declined to address any specific cases and also noted that players turning themselves in should result in much different treatment.
Carmona (now Roberto Hernandez Heredia) and Nunez (now Juan Carlos Oviedo) did not turn themselves in and are currently having difficulty securing visas, putting their status for spring training and perhaps even Opening Day in question.
Dominican Today reports that the country’s sports minister, Felipe Payano, asked United States officials to pardon the players, saying: “For those baseball players who are in difficult situations, we ask that you consider what they represent for the Dominican Republic and their families.”
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