New York Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras left the team yesterday to reunite with his wife and two daughters in Miami after they defected from Cuba. Contreras defected in 2002.
"I hope it gives him a little piece of mind," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It certainly will eliminate a concern and a worry. You start thinking in terms of, 'Are they ever going to get out?' To not see your children and your wife has got to be devastating."
Nicaragua twice granted Contreras' family members visas, but the Cuban government denied permission for them to leave. His wife and children were told in 2002 that they would have to wait five years for a document allowing them to join Contreras.