TOKYO (AP) — Former major leaguer Yoenis Céspedes has left the Cuban team at the World Baseball Classic for unspecified personal reasons.
The Cuban Baseball Federation, in a statement from Havana, gave few details on his departure for the United States, but said he could join the team if Cuba reached the semifinals in Miami.
Cuba faced Australia on Wednesday in the quarter-finals in Tokyo, with the winner traveling to Miami.
Cuba have won their last two games in Group A playing in Taiwan to qualify. Cuba lost their first two matches in Group A, but won their last two. Céspedes hasn’t played in the last two games and was hitless in the first two.
This is the first World Baseball Classic in which the Cuban team is made up of players residing in Cuba and others playing abroad in the United States and other countries.
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