WASHINGTON - Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped in his home country of Venezuela.
Reports say that Ramos was kidnapped from his home around 6:45 p.m. Venezuelan time (6:15 p.m. EST) in Maracay. The Nationals' catcher has been playing for the Aragua Tigers, a team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
The Tigers confirmed the kidnapping via their Twitter feed Wednesday.
Kathe Vilera, the team's PR representative tweeted that four armed men in a pickup trick took Ramos from his home.
According to a report on El Siglo, a Venezuelan news outlet, Ramos was taken while he was in the company of his family.
According to another Venezuelan outlet, El Nacional, a source close to Ramos says they are waiting for the kidnappers to contact the family.
Many players often head to countries in south and central America during the Major League Baseball off-season to continue playing baseball.
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo says the team is waiting for more information.
"We will have something to say when there is something to say," Rizzo says.
Major League Baseball players from Venezuela have had family members kidnapped in the past.
The mothers of former MLB pitchers Victor Zambrano and Ugeth Urbina were kidnapped in the past decade.
The son of former MLB catcher Yorvit Torrealba was also kidnapped in 2009.
Ramos has played for the Nationals since being traded to Washington from Minnesota for relief pitcher
Matt Capps. In 2011, Ramos hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 113 games.
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