Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in auto crash in Venezuela

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in auto crash in Venezuela

The MLB community lost two of its members Friday when free agent infielder Luis Valbuena and former player Jose Castillo died together in a auto accident.

The Orange County Register verified the report and reported that their auto hit a rock and went off the road after they were traveling after a game.

Both Valbuena and Castillo played in the Venezuelan winter league for the Cardenales, the home team for Barquisimeto, capital of Lara state.

The Cubs claimed the left-handed hitting Valbuena from the Blue Jays at the start of the 2012 season.

The club tweeted, "We are living a awful tragedy in Cardenales de Lara".

"This is a very sad day for our sport as we mourn the deaths of Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo", commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

Valbuena played 96 games for the Los Angeles Angels this year before being released in August.

Castillo debuted in Major League Baseball in 2004 and played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

'Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief'.

He said players travelling behind Valbuena and Castillo "saw when the auto lost control and could not do anything".

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.

Castillo played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros between 2004 and 2008.

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