CLEVELAND -- Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez got back to work on Monday afternoon by throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session in front of the team's coaching staff. Hernandez, formerly Fausto Carmona, returned to Cleveland on Sunday after spending more than six months in his native Dominican Republic following his arrest for using a fake identity.
"[He looked] very good, very smooth," said Tribe manager Manny Acta. "He threw the ball pretty good. Granted, it was just a bullpen, but it was good to see him. Everybody that was over there was pretty happy. He does look like he's been pitching."
Acta said Hernandez will take a couple days off before beginning his Minor League assignment on Thursday. The team has not yet determined at which level Hernandez will pitch, but Acta said Hernandez will throw in the neighborhood of 70 to 75 pitches in his first appearance.
Hernandez is currently serving a three-week suspension issued by Major League Baseball on Saturday. He is eligible to return to the team on Aug. 11.