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Pirates 'overjoyed' for safe return of Elias Diaz's mother after kidnapping

Kevin Gorman
| Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 1:18 p.m.
Pirates catcher Elias Diaz tags out the Cubs' Ben Zobrist at home plate during the second inning Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates catcher Elias Diaz tags out the Cubs' Ben Zobrist at home plate during the second inning Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at PNC Park.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates president Frank Coonelly released a statement Monday morning after Ana Soto, mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, was rescued after being kidnapped in Venezuela.

“The Pittsburgh Pirates are relieved and overjoyed to learn that Elias Diaz's mother, Ana Soto, has been rescued and safely reunited with her family,” Coonelly said. “We are incredibly grateful for the swift and effective work of the local law enforcement officials in Venezuela who brought this terrifying act to the safe conclusion for which we had all prayed. As an organization, we will continue to support Elias and his family as they move forward together.”

Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Pirate City on Monday morning. Diaz was expected to arrive Bradenton later Monday.

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