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Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died from sinus infection

May 24, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

Yewri Guillen AP

When 18-year-old Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died in the Dominican Republic last month, bacterial meningitis was blamed.  An MLB investigation, however, determined today that the cause of death was a brain infection, the result of an aggressive sinus infection.

The Nationals signed Guillen back in February.  He became ill while at the team’s camp in the Dominican Republic and was hospitalized before passing away on April 14.

Dr. Gary Green, the MLB medical director, and MLB’s Medical Advisory Committee reviewed information provided from the Dominican Republic regarding Guillen’s death and determined that meningitis was not the cause.  Still, the committee has recommended that all MLB academies in the Dominican institute a vaccination program for meningitis.

  1. halladaysbicepts - May 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Sorry to hear this. This strikes a personal chord with me because I have a form of meningitis as a baby, spinal meningitis, but was not exepected to live.

    RIP, Yewri Guillen. 18 year old kid. What a shame.

    • halladaysbicepts - May 24, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      Correction: past tense–“had a form of memingitis…”

  2. cur68 - May 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    The poor kid. His family must be devastated. A sinus infection killing someone is not that uncommon but in first world nations its often caught and treated before anything like this happens. I agree with ‘bicepts; what a shame.

  3. cup0pizza - May 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    You take your life in your own hands in third world countries. Dudes get sick and die all time from stuff that is easily treatable here.

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