Thomson ReutersJanuary 29, 2013 18:30
* First big-name athlete to test new liberalized travel law
* Cuban baseball fans welcome with open arms
* Travel reforms took effect Jan. 14
By Jeff Franks
HAVANA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A decade after he defected to the United States to play Major League Baseball, Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras has returned to his homeland in the first test of the island's liberalized travel laws.