SI's Jon Heyman broke the news that Victor Zambrano's mother, Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano, was kidnapped today in Venezuela. No word yet from Zambrano, who who last played in 2008 with the Yankees. Zambrano is from Los Teques, Venezuela.
Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano was abducted sometime Sunday morning from her son's farm, about half hour from the central Venezuela city of Maracay, Greenberg said.
Venezuela has been haunted in recent years by the kidnapping of rich and famous people. Yorvit Torrealba Jr., the son of Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba, and his uncle were kidnapped this summer. They were left unharmed on a road a couple days later. Torrealba has since moved his family to Hollywood, Fla.