Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena dies in vehicle accident in Venezuela

Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena dies in vehicle accident in Venezuela

According to Fletcher, Valbuena and Castillo played in a Venezuelan league game Thursday night.

The Cardenales de Lara, of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, made the announcement overnight.

According to the Register, the two former pros were in a vehicle driven by teammate Carlos Rivero after a Thursday night game when it hit a rock and careened off the road in the state of Yarucuy.

Castillo, 37, appeared in 112 games for the Giants in 2018 and 15 with the Astros, having spent his previous four years in Pittsburgh. Carlos Rivero, who briefly played for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, was driving the auto and survived the incident.

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Valbuena, an infielder, played for five Major League Baseball clubs, most recently the Angels in 2017 and 2018.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors with multiple teams that included the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels.

Primarily a third baseman who also saw action at the other three infield positions, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015. He left with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 career RBIs.

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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