KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The father of Edinson Volquez, the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series, died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic, a family source told ESPNdeportes.com.
The source said Daniel Volquez, 63, died of heart complications. The pitcher heard the news on his way to Kauffman Stadium.
Nonetheless, at 6:50 p.m. CT, as scheduled, Volquez went out to the bullpen to warm up with catcher Salvador Perez to face the New York Mets in the first game of the Fall Classic.
Volquez is the second Royals pitcher to lose a parent in the past month. Chris Young, the team’s Game 4 starter, suffered the loss of his father, Charles, to cancer on Sept. 26.
The next day, Young pitched five perfect innings before leaving the team to be with his family in Texas.