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Report: Mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz kidnapped in Venezuela

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Multiple media reports out of Venezuela are saying that the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz has been kidnapped.

There is a sad, recent history of baseball players and/or their families either being kidnapped or threatened with kidnapping in Venezuela in recent years. In 2009 the mother of pitcher Victor Zambrao was kidnapped. Catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in 2011. Other Venezuelan players, such as Miguel Cabrera, have spoken out about threats their families have received and many have moved their families out of Venezuela altogether. Given the political, social and economic unrest which has rocked the country in recent years, the situation is clearly not getting any better.

Diaz himself is reportedly in the United States, preparing for Pirates spring training which begins for catcher like him next week. Obviously, however, his mind and heart are elsewhere at the moment.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.