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Indians restructure contract for Carmona/Hernandez

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CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, can make $2.7 million in performance and roster bonuses as part of a restructured contract.

The right-hander was recently cleared of false identity charges in the Dominican Republic, where he was arrested on Jan. 19. Hernandez has applied for a visa to work in the U.S.

While waiting to see if he'll be able to rejoin them, the Indians renegotiated Hernandez's contract. His 2012 base salary was dropped from $7 million to $2.5 million, but the 31-year-old can earn an additional $2.5 million if he reaches bonuses on innings, starts and days on the roster.

Also, according to his contract obtained by the AP, a $9 million club option for 2013 was reduced to $6 million, plus earned bonuses in 2012.