MLB’s Luis Valbuena & Jose Castillo
Killed in Car Accident
… in Venezuela
12/7/2018 6:23 AM PST
According to local reports … 33-year-old Valbuena and Castillo, 37, were leaving their Venezuelan league game with Cardenales de Lara in Yaracuy when their driver either hit or swerved to avoid a rock … and drove off the road.
The man driving the car was their teammate, Carlos Rivero — who survived the crash.
Valbuena — who most recently played for the Angels this past season — has been in the majors since 2008 … and has also played for the Astros, Cubs, Indians and Mariners.
Valbuena hit 25 home runs with Houston in 2015.
Castillo played 5 seasons in the MLB with the Pirates, Giants and Astros.
The MLB released a statement Friday morning, saying, “We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer José Castillo have died in a car accident.”