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MLB players Starlin Castro and Engel Beltré allegedly involved in shooting in the Dominican Republic

Starlin Castro (left) and Engel Beltre. (Photos: Getty and AP)

Starlin Castro (left) and Engel Beltre. (Photos: Getty and AP)

Major League Baseball players Starlin Castro, the Chicago Cubs shortstop, and Engel Beltré, a former outfield prospect for the Texas Rangers who was injured for most of the 2014 season, are being sought for questioning by police in Santo Domingo in connection to a firefight at a nightclub.

According to Diario Libre, the two ballplayers have been “invited” to stop by the Homicide Department of the National Police to answer questions about events from Saturday night at a Santiago discotheque called Dubai.

The incident left three people wounded with gunshots and being treated at two separate medical facilities.

A spokesperson for the Santiago police, Col. Damián Arias Matos, said that one of the baseball players—he wouldn’t say which one—was visible on security footage carrying a firearm.

Dominican musicians Anthony Santos and Omega were performing when the firefight broke out. Neither were injured.

Castro has spent five years in the majors, all of them with the Cubs. He’s a career .284 hitter and a three-time National League All-Star. In 2014, he hit .292 with 14 home runs and 65 runs batted in.

Beltré was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2006 and was traded to the Rangers in 2013 along with two other players for Eric Gagne. He played in 22 games for the Rangers that season and was expected to make the team’s roster out of spring training in 2014, but he fractured his tibia and hardly played.

It isn’t clear if his career will be able to recover.

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