Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped in Venezuela
Police found the kidnappers' vehicle abandoned a short distance from where he was abducted and were gathering evidence, Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami told reporters Thursday morning. He said anti-kidnapping units were dispatched to the area in central Carabobo state.
"The abductors haven't made contact with the family or with anyone," said Domingo Alvarez, vice president of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. "We're worried."
Ramos was taken away in an SUV by four armed men from his home in Santa Ines on Wednesday night.
"Every major league player has his own security, but we don't know if at that time he had his security there," Alvarez said. He said it's the first time a Major League Baseball player has been abducted in the country, though players' relatives have been held for ransom in the past.
As a rookie in 2011 Ramos hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs in 113 games.
-- Houston Mitchell
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Wilson Ramos. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press