Yokohama general manager Shigeru Takada told reporters today that the organization terminated its contract with Yulieski Gurriel because they were not sure when he was going to arrive. Gurriel was supposed come to Japan on March 24, but hurt his right hamstring while playing in Cuba and refused to leave his country while hurt.
The Bay Stars sent a representative to Cuba on March 28 to see if they could work something out. They hoped to get Gurriel to board a flight on March 30, but could not reach him directly. The team representative finally got in touch with the thirty-year-old infielder when he visited him at his home on April 2.
"We weren't sure when he was going to come. He said wanted to play for Yokohama, but kept saying after he got better. We contacted [him] and said we were going to terminate the contract. The Cuban government also accepted [our decision]," said Takada.
The Bay Stars still have a two-year contract with Lourdes Gourriel Jr. They filed paperwork to place him on the restricted list.