Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Dead After Tragic Car Accident

Luis Valbuena

Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died when the auto overturned while trying to avoid a rock placed in their path by roadside bandits, while two other teammates, Carlos Rivero and Raúl Álvarez, survived with injuries, El Nuevo Herald reports.

At some point after the game, they were both passengers in a auto driven by teammate Carlos Rivero when the vehicle hit a rock and veered off the road.

According to the report, the crash occurred after the two left the University Stadium at Caracas after playing a game in a Venezuelan professional league.

Carlos Rivero, who played briefly with the Red Sox in 2014, was injured. He also suited up for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

All four men were members of Barquisimeto's pro team Cardenales de Lara.

The Houston Astros joined the world in remembering the lives of former Astros players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo on Friday.

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Valbuena was in the major leagues as recently as August, when he was released by the Los Angeles Angels.

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

Castillo, 37, joined Major League Baseball in 2004.

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

Rivero's only big league action came during a four-game stint with the Red Sox in 2004, getting one start at third base. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.

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