Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart will be back with the team on Thursday, one day after the unexpected passing of his adopted younger brother, Romell Jordan.
During his press conference on Wednesday, manager Alex Cora revealed Swihart told him, “My brother would probably love for me to show up and play."
“He feels that being around his teammates right now is good for him," Cora said. "He feels like whenever he has to go, he’ll go. But right now he’s here with his wife and around the guys.”
Hours after receiving the devastating news of Jordan's death, the Red Sox fell 7-6 to the Orioles. The team's focus wasn't on baseball, and understandably so.
“There was no energy,” said Cora. “We just showed up today. And I’m not complaining because I was the same way. I just told Dave [Dombrowski], we’ve gotta go home and get some rest. It was a tough one. He’s a good kid. They’re a great family. Very well liked in the clubhouse. Great teammate. We talk about it today in the coach’s meeting. Last year, if he wanted to, he could have shut it down. ‘Why work? I show up here. I have no options. Either they trade me or whatever.’ It was the total opposite."
The Red Sox will host the Nationals at JetBlue Park on Thursday. Cora said Swihart may be slotted in as the designated hitter if he indeed opts to play.
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