FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox are mourning the 23-year-old brother of catcher Blake Swihart.
The team confirmed the death of Romell Jordan, Swihart’s adopted brother, on Wednesday after abruptly canceling their scheduled spring training media availability in the morning. The Red Sox said that out of respect for the family’s privacy, no other information was available.
Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter : “Through triumph, tragedy, and heartbreak this team/organization sticks together!! @redsox #extendedfamily.”
Jordan’s death comes less than a week after Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo collapsed and died outside the clubhouse at the team’s spring training complex.
Manager Alex Cora says it “puts everything in perspective again.”
According to a report in USA Today, The Albuquerque Journal previously reported that Jordan, who played football at the University of New Mexico from had been taken in by Swihart’s family for his last two years of high school due to problems at his home.