FORT MYERS, Fla. — Six Red Sox players from Venezuela — Felix Doubront, Jonathan Herrera, Heiker Meneses, Jose Mijares, Edward Mujica, and Brayan Villarreal — came out of the clubhouse before the workout Monday morning with something other than baseball on their minds. They were joined by another countryman, bullpen catcher Mani Martinez.
With teammate Christian Vazquez serving as photographer, the group posed holding the Venezuelan flag and small signs asking for peace in their county.
Doubront posted the photo to his Twitter account and wrote, “Supporting our people from here” in Spanish.
Anti-government protests in Venezuela have led to at least 11 deaths and 137 injuries. President Nicolás Maduro has sent the military into some parts of the nation where tensions are at their highest. Venezuela has been divided by rampant crime and inflation that has led to food shortages.
“It’s a difficult thing for us because we are here and our families and friends are home,” Herrera said. “We want to see the violence stopped.”
Venezuelan players on other teams have sent similar messages in recent days.