Venezuelan security forces have successfully rescued Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos two days right after he was kidnapped.
The 24-year-old was taken from his property in Santa Ines at gunpoint by 4 guys at 2315GMT on Wednesday.
But interior minister Tarek El Aissami told state television channel Venezolana de Tv (VTV): “President (Hugo) Chavez authorised a rescue by air. This circumstance has a happy ending.”
VTV reported that Ramos was discovered within the mountains of Montalban in Carabobo state, about 40 miles north-west of Santa Ines, by forces including the National Guard, who took him to the nearby city of Valencia.
His agent Gustavo Mercano told the Washington Post: “It’s a unique moment for his family members. We’re all pleased. We’re grateful.”
Ramos joined the Nationals in July 2010 in a trade cope with the Minnesota Twins, with closer Matt Capps going the other way, and had returned to his homeland to play for his Venezuelan League team, the Aragua Tigres, through the Key League off-season.
The Tigres had been in action against the La Guaira Sharks when the news of Ramos’ rescue broke, and team-mate Scot Drucker wrote on his Twitter account: “Crowd is cheering #Wilson non cease. Game comes to a pause to a stand (sic) ovation as the #TigresDeAragua hug and thank absolutely everyone for the assistance.”
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