Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in vehicle crash in Venezuela

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in vehicle crash in Venezuela

Former major league infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a auto crash Thursday in Venezuela, where they were playing for a winter league team.

The two were teammates for Lara, which played at Caracas on Thursday night. He was traded to the Astros ahead of the 2015 season and rotated through other teams before his release from the Angels this August.

Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37, were reportedly leaving the University Stadium at Caracas after playing a game in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League when the crash occurred. He recorded a.254 batting average with 39 home runs and 218 RBI during his career. The driver, former major leaguer Carlos Rivero who played briefly with the Red Sox in 2004, survived the accident.

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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 vehicle crash Yaracuy. He also had stints with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

He was in the minor leagues in the United States as recently as 2017, playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A Reno affiliate.

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