Another tragedy apparently has hit the Boston Red Sox community in Fort Myers.
After the Red Sox cancelled their clubhouse media session from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning at JetBlue Park, a team spokesman acknowledged an unnamed Red Sox player is dealing with a "family emergency."
A Red Sox player had what the team described as a “family emergency” this morning. A spokesman said more info will be announced at a later time.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 27, 2019
Pitcher David Price also sent the following tweet Wednesday morning:
No more details are currently available, but manager Alex Cora adopted a very somber tone while addressing the media at 10 a.m.
"It’s very tough,” Cora said in a press conference aired on NESN. “How we went through Nick (Cafardo) and how we’re going through this. And it’s not easy, honestly. Just start thinking the same things I said last week. Same feelings today. Same feelings.
"The one thing about the group -- I think David just put it in 150 characters (on Twitter). That’s what we are. That’s what we feel about each other."
It's been a rough few days in Fort Myers, as longtime Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo passed away suddenly last Thursday. While the cause of this tragedy is unclear, it's hitting close to home for the Red Sox as they prepare for split-squad games against the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.
"We’ll go through our preparation and that group goes up (to play Tampa), and we’ll go here and we’ll play the game and be there for each other," Cora added. "But it’s going to be a hard day. It’s not going to be a fun day."
UPDATE (12:45 p.m. ET): The Red Sox announced Wednesday afternoon that Blake Swihart's adopted younger brother, Romell Jordan, died earlier Wednesday at 23.
Red Sox announce that the younger, adopted brother of catcher Blake Swihart, 23-year-old Romell Jordan, passed away earlier today. The Swihart family has asked for privacy at this time.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) February 27, 2019
Swihart's parents, Carla and Arlan, adopted Jordan while he was in high school. Jordan played running back at the University of New Mexico from 2014 to 2017.
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