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HOUSTON -- The 16-month-old son of Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan has died.

Corporan told the team Saturday that Carlos Corporan Jr., had died The team said he had undergone four heart surgeries since his birth in June 2011.

The team released a statement Saturday offering its condolences to the Corporan family, calling the boy s battle with serious health issues an inspiration to so many of us.

The 28-year-old Corporan agreed to a minor league deal with Houston in 2010. He hit .269 in 27 games this season.

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