Authorities in the Dominican Republic told The Star on Thursday that the toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura following his fatal car crash will only be released to his family and attorneys.

In the days following the Jan. 22 wreck, Royals officials said they were told toxicology results would be completed in about three weeks.

The results are an important piece in determining whether the Royals are obligated to pay the remainder of Ventura’s contract, which is valued at $20.25 million.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported last month that Ventura’s contract with the Royals included a provision that could void payment for failure to perform because of injury or death from driving while intoxicated. If the Royals are required to pay the remainder of the contract, they would be insured for a portion of that amount.

On Thursday, Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office, said the toxicology report is not a public document.

“Autopsies are performed by law to any person who has died violently,” Sanchez wrote in Spanish in a text message to a reporter with The Star. “But it (the report) is only given to the public ministry and to relatives.”

Toxicology results became public following an investigation into the 2014 death of Oscar Taveras, a St. Louis Cardinals prospect and friend of Ventura’s. Results from Taveras’ autopsy showed him to have a blood-alcohol level at least five times the country’s legal limit at the time of his crash near Puerto Plata on the northern coast of this Caribbean Island.

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