Rays get final permission for Dayron Varona to make trip to Cuba
The Rays have gotten final permission for Cuban-born OF Dayron Varona to make the trip into and out of Cuba with the team.
"I loved seeing the expression on his face when we told him he was able to go,'' travel director Chris Westmoreland said Satturday.
Varona's unexpected opportunity to play again in his home country has been one of the more touching story lines for next week's trip to Havana,
But the Rays didn't know until this morning there was final approval from the Cuban government that Varona, who defected in 2013, will be allowed into and — more importantly — out of the country.