Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is talking with the U.S. government about playing exhibition games in Cuba.
"I can envision a situation, assuming that it is consistent with the government's policy on Cuba, where we could have ongoing exhibition game activity in Cuba," Manfred, the new baseball commissioner, said Tuesday. He did not specify a time frame.
There were 25 Cuban-born players in the major leagues last season, including stars Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu, up from eight in 2007 and the most since 1970, according to STATS.
"Cuba is a great market for us two ways," Manfred said. "It's obviously a great talent market. We've seen enough of that during the offseason. It's a country where baseball is embedded in the culture. And we like countries where baseball is embedded in the culture."
Indians' pitcher Floyd reinjures elbow
Indians starting pitcher Gavin Floyd reinjured his right elbow, the same one that's ended his past two seasons. Floyd suffered a re-injury of the elbow stress fracture from last year and is out "for the foreseeable future." No timetable has been set for his return. ... Facing the possibility of surgery and a long road back to the mound, Cliff Lee is giving rehabilitation one more try. Lee will try to pitch for the Phillies through an elbow injury instead of having surgery that would end his season and possibly his career. ... Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will miss the entire season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during fielding drills. ... Braves lefthander Mike Minor will start the season on the disabled list because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder's rotator cuff.
Yahoo hires Jason Collins
Yahoo Sports announced Tuesday it has hired former NBA player Jason Collins as a basketball analyst. Collins, who became the first active NBA player to announce he was gay following the 2012-13 season, will provide studio analysis for the upcoming men's NCAA tournament and the NBA.
Collins will make his debut on Yahoo Sports' Tourney Bracket Live show Sunday. The 36-year-old Collins played 13 seasons in the NBA for six different franchises — the Nets, Wizards, Celtics, Hawks, Timberwolves and Grizzlies.
Iowa State AD has heart attack
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard will have open heart surgery later this week after suffering a heart attack Monday.
The Cyclones said that Pollard suffered the heart attack Monday while watching his daughters compete in a track meet on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.
Pollard, 50, spent Monday night at Allen Hospital in Waterloo and remained there until Tuesday, when he was transferred to a Des Moines hospital to be closer to home.
"It has been overwhelming to have received so many messages of support," Pollard said. "Our family is so appreciative of the uplifting and encouraging thoughts and prayers."
Pollard has been Iowa State's athletic director since 2005.
Alaskan leads Iditarod
A young musher who recently won an all-river-ice sled dog race in Alaska has grabbed an early lead in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Pete Kaiser of Bethel, Alaska, was the first to leave the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint, 161 miles into the race.
He departed at 7:58 a.m. Tuesday, followed 40 minutes later by 2004 Iditarod winner Mitch Seavey. Musher Jessie Royer of Darby, Montana, pulled out of the checkpoint 17 minutes after Seavey. A field of 78 mushers began the trek Monday from Fairbanks to the old gold-rush town of Nome.