Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela
CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AP) >> Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela.
The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league.
The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas.
Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website beisbolplay.
Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on Aug. 7.