Nats prospect Tatusko to remain in Venezuela

Nats prospect Tatusko to remain in Venezuela

Nats prospect Tatusko to remain in Venezuela
WASHINGTON -- Nationals pitching prospect Ryan Tatusko will continue to play for Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League, according to his agent, Joe Speed.

The decision came Thursday, a day after Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped by four armed gunmen near his home in Venezuela. Ramos was rescued safely on Friday night.

Speed said he spoke to Tatusko numerous times on Thursday. The Nationals gave Tatusko a choice to go back to the United States, but Tatusko insisted he was safe and Bravos have gone through extra measures to make the American players feel safe. Tatusko told Speed that he and the American players on the team stick together and security is with them all the time.

"In that regard, he is comfortable with where he is, and he is enjoying the opportunity," Speed said via telephone. "He wants to continue his quest to get better and play for the Nationals next year.

"To be honest, I must say I'm very impressed with the Nationals. I had a conversation with [farm director] Doug Harris. I'm impressed with how they look out for their own. They did a good job of showing concern. Ryan felt that way, too."

Tatusko, who was acquired from the Rangers for shortstop Cristian Guzman on July 31, 2010, has played three games for Bravos and has been on the losing end of all three, compiling a 3.86 ERA in the process.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.