PHOENIX (AP) - Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) has rejoined the Oakland Athletics after briefly leaving spring training to be reunited with his family for the first time in about a year.
The Cuban defector surprised family members in Miami after they arrived over the weekend from the Turks and Caicos, where they had been detained as illegal immigrants. The relatives, including Cespedes' mother, Estela Milanes, were released Jan. 21.
Cespedes acknowledged this spring that he worried constantly late last season about his family's safety in the Dominican Republic. He wasn't sure whether they might be targeted because of his legal issues stemming from a former agent who claims the outfielder owes him money.
Cespedes was back in the A's lineup Tuesday against the Royals, batting cleanup.
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