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The Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) team will face their most important game so far in the V World Classic this Sunday at the Loan Sports Park. After winning Group A in thrilling fashion, following an unprecedented five-over draw at 2-2, the West Indies defeated Australia in the quarter-finals and guaranteed their presence in the final stage of the game in Miami Florida.
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The Cuban squad awaits their next challenger, who will emerge from tonight’s tournament between Venezuela and Team USA. Even though, train in different places in Floridaget the machinery ready.
Indeed, field veteran Yoenis Céspedes already joined the group as reported on this website. “La Potencia” left the team in Asia due to personal problems, but is now back for the semi-final.
Another player who was left off the roster from the beginning was the inside player Andy Ibanez. Due to a finger injury during the preparatory games, he did not manage to play a single game in the Clásico. However, there is good news for him and the Cuban team.
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The Detroit Tigers manager talked about Andy Ibanez and the World Classic
As reported by the Detroit press, MLB franchises would need to evaluate Ibanez’s medical condition to make a final decision. That’s why they asked him to temporarily leave the World Classic to study it, since he is looking for a position on the roster for MLB Opening Day 2023. They did an MRI to get answers about his head sprain his fingers on his left side. hand and It seems that they were favorable.
The Cuban was cleared to play with the Tigers in Spring Training and may also be cleared to participate in the World Classic semifinals this Sunday.
“It’s possible,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. «You must complete the training (…) depending on how you feel. But he could still join them again,” he said.
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The manager of the Cuban team, Armando Johnson, confirmed this information last Saturday at a press conference held at the Loan Depot Park in Miami. According to the results of the medical evaluation done on Ibanez today, permission to play with Cuba in the semifinals of the V World Baseball Classic will be decided.
Andy Ibáñez will play today with @DetroitTigers there #SpringTraining2023. Based on the assessment of your health status, you could be on the team #Cuba there #WorldBaseballClassic2023
“It’s possible,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “It must end… https://t.co/gWAomi3Eru pic.twitter.com/bhmBK6djPS
– Jose Alejandro Rodriguez Zas (@jzas23) March 18, 2023