Former Los Angeles Angels player Luis Valbuena and former journeyman Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident Thursday in Venezuela.
Leaguer Jose Castillo has died in a car crash, "said Major League Baseball in a tweet .
Valbuena (33) and Castillo (37) played in a Venezuelan winter baseball league and were teammates of the Cardenales de Lara, according to the Athletic .
The two were in a car when their vehicle struck a rock and came off the road, reported the Orange County Register, the former infielder of Arizona Diamondbacks, Carlos Rivero drove the car and survived the accident.
"We are deeply saddened to hear the death of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former MLB infielder José Castillo, and our thoughts and prayers are grief-stricken during this time their relatives, "said the angel in a tweet .
Valbuena played eleven seasons in the majors and began his 2008 career at the Seattle Mariners. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels on the way. He last played for the Angels in the 2018 season, but was dismissed in August. During his career he scored .226 with 114 home runs and 367 RBI.
Castillo played five seasons in the majors – from 2004 to 2008. He began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and then moved to the San Francisco Giants before finishing with the Astros. During his career he recorded an average of 254 strokes with 39 home runs and 218 RBI.