Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yewry Guillen, Dead At 18 Nationals Prospect,

The death of Washington Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen from bacterial meningitis prompted the team to capture precautions to protect other players at its Dominican training academy.Guillen died Thursday, after first showing symptoms of the disease Monday, according to Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the Nationals’ medical director.
The team said in a statement Friday that shortstop Yewry Guillen died Thursday. It is unclear whether Guillen was in contact with other players at the team's academy.
Guillen was buried in a Nigua cemetery near the small home he shared with his father and two sisters. The Lerners, owners of the Nationals, said they would pay for the funeral and Nationals players donated money to help Guillen's family.
Douoguih said other players at the academy are not at risk and that the Nationals are assessing what they can do to prevent such a tragedy in the future.

"Everyone that came in contact with him received standard prophylaxis to prevent this from spreading and becoming more of a problem