A pair of major league infielders were killed in a auto crash early Friday morning in Venezuela.
The Cardenales de Lara team posted about the deaths at 12:38 a.m., describing the traffic accident as "a awful tragedy".
Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37, had finished playing a game for the Cardenales de Lara in the Dominican Winter League. Carlos Rivero, who briefly played for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, was driving the vehicle and survived the incident.More news: Mortal Kombat 11 Announced, Launches April 23, 2019
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Primarily a third baseman who also saw action at the other three infield positions, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015.
The Angels also made a statement: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former Major League Baseball infielder José Castillo". He last played for the Angels during the 2008 season, but was released in August. He played 11 seasons in the majors with Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs, Houston and the Angels.
Luis Valbuena, a free agent who played with the Angels in 2018, and Castillo, an infielder who spent last season with the Giants and Astros, were involved in the fatal auto crash Yaracuy. He recorded a.254 batting average, 39 homes runs and 218 career RBIs.