Red Sox announce Blake Swihart's brother passes away

Rob Bradford
February 27, 2019 - 12:55 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox existed in a somber atmosphere throughout the morning Wednesday, canceling all clubhouse access while only announcing a player had been stricken with a family emergency.

Just before the first pitch of the Sox' Grapefruit League game against the Orioles at JetBlue Park the team announced the specifics of the tragedy: Blake Swihart's 23-year-old brother Romell Jordan had passed away suddenly. No further details were given.

Swihart was originally in the starting lineup for the Red Sox but was scratched hours before game time.

The Red Sox issued the following statement on Jordan's passing: "We are saddened to confirm the passing of Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart’s 23-year-old brother, Romell Jordan. The entire Red Sox organization sends its deepest condolences to the Swihart family for their loss. The family is asking for privacy at this difficult time."

Here is Red Sox manager Alex Cora discussing the team and the tragedy: