Cuba punishes 6 baseball players for exit attempts

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 12:33 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities say six baseball players have been ruled out of the national squad for trying to defect.

Government news website Cubadebate lists the players as pitchers Diosdani Castillo, Carlos Manuel Portuondo and Yasmani Hernandez Romero, as well as infielders Gelkis Jimenez and Adriel Labrada and outfielder Alejandro Jaime Ortiz.

Cubadebate says they were implicated in "attempts to leave the country illegally."

It did not give details Wednesday or say if any succeeded.

Cubadebate also named Yasmani Tomas, a hard-hitting outfielder formerly with Havana ball club Industriales. Officials acknowledged his defection on Friday.

The players will not figure in the squad selected to face a U.S. collegian team next month in Cuba.

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