Edinson Volquez's Father, Daniel, Dies at the Age of 63

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez reportedly took the mound for Game 1 of the World Series shortly after his father died.

According to Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital, Volquez's father, Daniel Volquez, died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic from heart disease. He was 63. A source confirmed the news to ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas, according to ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera

ESPN.com reported Wednesday that Volquez has traveled back to the Dominican Republic for his father's funeral and will rejoin the team in New York for Game 3. Manager Ned Yost said the team still plans on starting him in Game 5, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

At the request of Volquez's wife, the Royals did not tell the pitcher of his father's death before he took the mound Tuesday night, according to the Kansas City Star's Jeff Rosen

Fox Sports passed along an update once Volquez's outing against the New York Mets came to a close: 


Edinson Volquez is w/his family right now in Royals clubhouse. Earlier today he lost his father. We send him & his family our condolences.

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After the game, teammate Eric Hosmer said the team hadn't been informed of Volquez's father's passing prior to the game, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times

Volquez has been an integral component of the Royals' pitching staff and finished the regular season tied for the team lead with 13 wins. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings in Game 1, which the Royals won in the 14th inning, 5-4.


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