The Nationals announced the tragic passing of shortstop Yewri Guillen Friday evening, an 18-year-old player at the team’s Dominican Academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic who died of bacterial meningitis. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball made its first public comments about Guillen’s death.
“First and foremost, all of our thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of Yewri Guillen,” MLB Director of Latin American Operations Jorge Perez-Diaz said in a statement. “Yewri’s passing has led to deep sorrow not only for the Washington Nationals franchise, but throughout Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic and beyond.
“Major League Baseball has commenced an examination into all the facts pertaining to this tragedy, with the full cooperation of the Nationals. Our Medical Director is satisfied that no other players are at risk and proper protocols had been followed to prevent others from being infected. Because the matter is under thorough review, we cannot comment on further details at this time.”
In a blog post published in Spanish on ESPNDeportes.com by Dionisio Soldevila on Monday night, Guillen’s parents allege that their son was suffering from severe headaches and fever for three days while at the academy but was not immediately treated.