Monday, September 30, 2013

Raicel Iglesias Detained Trying To Defect From Cuba

Raicel Iglesias Detained Trying To Defect From Cuba
By Edward Creech [September 29, 2013 at 1:30pm CST]

Right-hander Raicel Iglesias has been detained by Cuban authorities for
attempting to defect, three sources have told Diario De Cuba (h/t Ben
Badler of Baseball America). An employee of the Dirección de Deportes en
Nueva Gerona confirmed Iglesias is being detained and will no longer
train with the local team.

Diaro De Cuba reports the 23-year-old was hiding in the mountains of
Isla de la Juventud until Thursday when he left searching for food and
water. The report says Iglesias attempted to leave Cuba September 22 in
the area of Punta de Piedra, but failed. Diaro De Cuba quotes Lázaro
Ricardo Pérez, an independent journalist, as saying Iglesias was hiding
with several individuals, including his brother, and all were
dehyrdated. Pérez added rumors of the right-hander's escape became
public Tuesday alerting authorities while Iglesias was still in hiding.

Iglesias, who impressed scouts on Cuba's U.S. tour where he hit 92-95
mph on the gun and made batters miss often with his breaking
ball, according to Badler, could be released from custody as early as
today, but it is not known whether he will face charges

Source: "Raicel Iglesias Detained Trying To Defect From Cuba: MLB Rumors
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