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Cespedes leaves to welcome family to United States


PHOENIX -- A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left the club's camp in Arizona on Saturday evening to fly to Miami to visit 14 family members who fled from Cuba two years ago but had not reached the United States until this weekend.

The story was originally reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The A's expect Cespedes back either Monday or Tuesday, depending on travel arrangements.

"He wanted to go back and see them as soon as possible," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It was a big day for him; there were tears, then smiles. It wouldn't surprise me if he was back [Monday], but I'm not sure yet."

Even though Cespedes was able to communicate with his family last year, Melvin thought the stress of their uncertain situation weighed on him over the season.

"I know there were times last year he was grinding on it pretty hard, and for good reason," Melvin said. "It was a very emotional day for him, and I know it's a weight off his shoulders. He had to think about it last year, and now he doesn't."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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