Hernandez on way to Astros camp
Right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who has yet to report to camp, has received his visa and was scheduled to travel to Florida from his native Dominican Republic on Wednesday night and take a physical at Osceola County Stadium on Thursday.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Hernandez, who signed a Minor League deal Feb. 12, has been throwing at the Astros complex in the Dominican Republic, but acknowledged he’s behind after missing nearly two weeks of camp. Hernandez is competing for a spot in the rotation.
“You could argue this is the perfect way to do it, to show up on the first day of games,” Luhnow joked.
Hernandez, 34, went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 games (29 starts) combined with the Phillies and Dodgers last season. The vetrean will compete for a spot in the rotation with Brad Peacock, Dan Straily, Alex White, Asher Wojciechowski, Sam Deduno and Jake Buchanan.
Hernandez, known as Fausto Carmona when he won 19 games for the Indians in 2007, was arrested in January 2012 outside the U.S. consulate for using a false identity and could not return to the United States until he obtained a visa. Luhnow said that situation wasn’t an issue.