Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/12/11

Wilson Ramos is just happy to be safe.

The Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was rescued by Venezuelan security forces on Friday, two days after being kidnapped.

"The truth is, at the moment they came to get me I was very nervous. There were many gunshots ... thanks to God, those guys did a tremendous job. I’m super grateful to them," Ramos said.

“I’m still a bit nervous."

Venezuelan police commandos were able to rescue Ramos in a flurry of gunfire, arresting his five alleged abductors in the process.

Ramos was taken while visiting with friends and family at his mother’s house in Valencia. He was found in the mountains surrounding the area Friday.

Venezuela has been plagued by kidnappings for ransom involving star athletes.

Ramos had returned to his native country and planned to participate in roughly 10 games for his Venezuelan winter league team, the Aragua Tigers.

The 24-year-old Ramos had a strong rookie season with the Nationals, batting .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs in 113 games. He was traded to Washington in 2010 for All-Star relief pitcher Matt Capps.

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