Astros statement regarding the passing of former pitcher Joaquin Andujar

The following is a statement from Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan regarding the passing of former pitcher Joaquin Andujar. He was 62 years old.

"We are saddened by the passing of former Astros pitcher Joaquin Andujar. Joaquin began his long Major League career with Houston, spending seven of his 13 Major League seasons in an Astros uniform. The passion and enthusiasm that he brought to the game will always be remembered by the fans and the players that he played with and played against. We send our deepest condolences to his family members, friends and fans."    

Enos Cabell, who currently serves as a special assistant to Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, played with Andujar in Houston for five seasons. "Joaquin was a great competitor and very entertaining as a teammate," Cabell said. "He went on to become one of the best pitchers in the league. We really enjoyed playing with him because he brought a lot of energy to our club. I'm very sad to hear of his passing."