The Kansas City Royals sent starting pitcher Edinson Volquez to the mound for Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets this evening. Just hours earlier, Volquez’s father Daniel died of heart disease in the Dominican Republic. Daniel Volquez was 63 years old.
ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reported that Volquez heard the news of his father’s passing on his way to the stadium this afternoon:
La fuente dijo que Daniel Vólquez, de 63 años, murió de complicaciones del corazón y que el pitcher fue enterado de la noticia cuando se dirigía al Kauffman Stadium.
That translates to:
The source said Daniel Volquez, 63, died of heart complications and that the pitcher heard the news on his way to Kauffman Stadium.
But according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post, that is not the case:
The Royals are saying that Edinson Volquez does not know about his father’s reported death.
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) October 28, 2015
Volquez was seen smiling in the bullpen during his pregame warmup, and he has shown no visible signs of distress thus far in the game. He retired the first eight batters he faced before hitting Mets designated hitter Kelly Johnson with a pitch and walking Curtis Granderson on four pitches. He recovered to strike out David Wright to end the inning; through three innings, Volquez has thrown 37 pitches and has a 1-0 lead.
We will update this post as more information becomes available, especially about whether Volquez knew of his father’s passing during the game.
UPDATE: Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reported during the eighth inning of the game that it was still unclear whether Volquez was aware during the game that his father had passed away. Rosenthal had previously tweeted that the Fox broadcast would not mention it on the air while Volquez was in the game to prevent the possibility of him finding out from the television. After Rosenthal’s on-air report, Joe Buck reiterated what Svrluga had said, that according to the Royals’ PR director, Volquez did not know. According to Buck, it was Volquez’s wife’s request that he not be told until after he was done pitching.