Former Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo González dies in car accident

Former Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonazalez dies in car accident
Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has died, the team confirmed Friday. The 34-year-old passed away Thursday in a car accident in his native Cuba, according to multiple reports.

The Phillies signed the highly-coveted Cuban right-hander in 2013 to a three-year deal, but arm injuries plagued his career and he made just six appearances at the big league level earning a 6.75 ERA over five and a third innings all in 2014. The Phillies released him in April of 2016.

The hard-throwing righty starred for the Cuban national team before defecting to El Salvador in 2013. He then moved to Mexico and received interest from nearly a dozen teams before signing with the Phillies.

"The Phillies are saddened to learn about the passing of former pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez," the team said in a statement via Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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