MIAMI - The family of Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras resolved a paperwork issue Wednesday and was preparing to leave South Florida.
Contreras' wife, Miriam Murillo, and daughters Naylan, 11, and Naylenis, 3, defected to the United States from Cuba on Monday. The group was given immigration forms that should expire June 22, 2005, but a clerical error listed the expiration date as June 22, 2004, said the family's lawyer, Jaime Torres.
The matter was cleared up and new documents were issued late Wednesday afternoon, Torres said.
"All the paperwork is done," said Torres, also Contreras' agent. "They're okay, they're excited and they're trying to get to New York as soon as possible."
The family also had to obtain photo identifications that would allow them to meet federal requirements for boarding commercial airline flights.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Ana Santiago declined specific comment on the paperwork matter Wednesday. ICE is the federal bureau that processed the family's paperwork Tuesday.
PADRES SEEK TO VOID DEAL: San Diego high school shortstop Matt Bush, taken first overall in the draft two weeks ago, remains suspended while the Padres looked into voiding his contract, baseballamerica.com reported.
Bush, 18, was arrested in Peoria, Ariz., on Sunday after an altercation at a bar across the street from the Padres' minor-league complex. Maricopa County prosecutors will not pursue a felony charge but could pursue misdemeanor counts.
Bush agreed to a contract with a $3.15-million signing bonus shortly after the draft. The Padres have paid Bush $150,000 so far.
ALL-STAR STAFFS: Yankees manager Joe Torre selected Royals manager Tony Pena and Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca as the AL coaches for the July 13 game in Houston. Marlins manager Jack McKeon picked Astros manager Jimy Williams and Rockies manager Clint Hurdle for the NL.
JAYS-ROCKIES TRADE: Toronto acquired minor-league outfielder Anthony Sanders from Colorado for a player to be named.
ANGELS: First baseman Darin Erstad left in the second after dislocating the third knuckle on his right middle finger on a checked swing.
ASTROS: Left-hander Andy Pettitte pitched five scoreless innings in a rehabilitation start for Double-A Round Rock.
DODGERS: Centerfielder Milton Bradley was scratched with stiffness in his right shoulder.
MARLINS: Right-hander Josh Beckett is probably headed to the disabled list for the second time in less than a month. Beckett, trying to recover from a strained back muscle, felt pain while throwing for a second straight day. He was hoping to start Saturday at Tampa Bay, but a team spokesman said the setback likely will land the World Series MVP on the DL.
ORIOLES: Third baseman Melvin Mora got another day off to rest the strained ligament in his left foot. He plans to test it today.
PHILLIES: Outfielder Ricky Ledee returned to Philadelphia to have hemorrhoid surgery.
RED SOX: Second baseman Pokey Reese left with a severely sprained left thumb after diving for a grounder in the second inning. X-rays were negative.