Mother of Victor Zambrano reportedly kidnapped

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According to a report from SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the mother of former big league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped sometime Sunday morning from Zambrano’s farm outside of Maracay, Venezuela.

The information came to Heyman via a telephone call from Zambrano’s agent Peter Greenburg.

Earlier this summer in Venezuela, the son of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba – as well as  two of his uncles – were kidnapped. They were later rescued, and Torrealba moved his family to Florida.

Zambrano finished up a seven-year big league career in 2007, compiling a 45-44 record and 4.64 ERA with Tampa Bay, the New York Mets, Toronto and Baltimore.

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Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

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Awful news for the White Sox and reliever Danny Farquhar: the right-hander remains hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, per a team announcement on Saturday. He’s in stable but critical condition after sustaining a “ruptured aneurysm [that] caused the brain bleed” on Friday.

Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros. He regained consciousness shortly after the incident and was taken to RUSH University Medical Center, where he’s expected to continue treatment with Dr. Demetrius Lopez in the neurological ICU unit.

“It takes your breath away a little bit,” club manager Rick Renteria said following the game. “One of your guys is down there and you have no idea what’s going on. […] When one of your teammates or anybody you know has an episode, even if it’s not a teammate, something is going on, you realize everything else you keep in perspective. Everything has its place. It’s one of our guys, so we are glad he was conscious when he left here.”