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Pirates catcher Elias Diaz’s mother kidnapped in Venezuela

Pittsburgh Pirates' Elias Diaz (32) drives in two runs with a double off Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jeff Locke in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Pittsburgh Pirates' Elias Diaz (32) drives in two runs with a double off Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jeff Locke in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 11, 2017. AP

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz’s mother was kidnapped in Venezuela, according to Venezuelan media outlets.

According to Venezuelan website Meridiano, Diaz’s mother was kidnapped in the town of San Francisco.

Venezuelan journalist Mari Montes posted the news of his mother’s kidnapping on Twitter.

“We are all shocked and deeply concerned for Elias’ mother, as well as for Elias and his entire family,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “We have Elias’ mom and Elias’ entire family in our prayers. We are using all of the resources available at the Pirates and Major League Baseball to support Elias and his family during this incredibly difficult time. As we work with authorities on his mom’s safe return, we will withhold further comment and ask that you please respect the family’s need for privacy.”

Diaz is a former Bradenton Marauder, playing a full season with the Florida State League team in 2013.

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