Hernandez secures visa, on track to report to camp

Hernandez secures visa, on track to report to camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who has yet to report to Astros camp, has received his visa and was scheduled to travel to Florida from his native Dominican Republic on Wednesday night. He will 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 club's complex in the Dominican Republic, but he acknowledged the pitcher is behind after missing nearly two weeks of camp. Hernandez will be 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 went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 games (29 starts) combined with the Phillies and Dodgers last season. The 34-year-old will compete for a spot in the rotation with Brad Peacock, Dan Straily, Alex White, Asher Wojciechowski, Samuel 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. He was not permitted to return to the United States until he obtained a visa. Luhnow said that past situation wasn't an issue with Hernandez's late arrival this spring.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.