Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in vehicle crash in Venezuela

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in vehicle crash in Venezuela

Former Pittsburgh Pirates player Jose Castillo has been killed in a vehicle crash in Venezuela.

"We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident", the Venezuelan club tweeted.

According to media accounts from Venezuela, the crash occurred in Yaracuy.

The Angels tweeted Thursday night, "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former Major League Baseball infielder Jose Castillo".

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Valbuena, who played for the Cubs from 2012-14 and was popular among his teammates, and former major leaguer Jose Castillo were killed when their auto collided with a rock that rolled onto a road, according to the Orange County Register.

The New York Times says all three players were Venezuela natives.

Valbuena joined the Cubs in April of 2012 off waivers from the Blue Jays and would play the next three seasons for the Cubs. In an 11-year major league career, he batted.226 with a.310 on-base percentage, a.394 slugging percentage, 114 homers and 367 RBIs in 1,011 games. He also had stints with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

Castillo, 37, played the first four of his five major-league seasons with the Pirates from 2004-07. He recorded a.254 batting average with 39 home runs and 218 RBI during his career. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.

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