Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped in Venezuela
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted by gunmen Wednesday from his home in his native Venezuela.
Ramos, 24, was taken away in an SUV by four armed men in central Carabobo state, Kathe Vilera, spokeswoman for the catcher’s Venezuelan League team, said through her official Twitter account.
“This is sad, worrisome and true that Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped,” she said.
Judicial police in Venezuela said the gunmen entered Ramos’ home in Santa Ines, located about 150 kilometers (95 miles) west of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas.
Ramos is considered one of the Nationals’ young building blocks as they try to become a contender in the National League East. As a rookie in 2011, he hit .267 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs in 113 games. He also threw out 19 of 67 runners attempting to steal a base, a 28 percent success rate that ranked third among qualifying catchers in the National League.
Washington acquired Ramos from the Minnesota Twins in a trade in July 2010. The Twins got All-Star closer Matt Capps in the deal.
Spokesmen for the Nationals did not respond immediately to phone and email messages Wednesday night.
Ramos’ agent, Diego Bentz, had no comment when reached by espn.com.
There were no immediate reports of ransom demands.