Boston Red Sox

Jun 7, 2018; Boston, MA: Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart (23) and Red Sox pitcher Jalen Beeks (68) walk to the dugout before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

From the Baseball Newswire at

The Red Sox announced on Wednesday that Romell Jordan, the adopted younger brother of catcher Blake Swihart, died suddenly at age 23. The Swihart family asks for privacy as they mourn their loss.

No further details are known about the circumstances surrounding Jordan’s unexpected passing. The Red Sox began Wednesday by cancelling media availability, before manager Alex Cora informed reporters amid a somber locker room that a player was dealing with a family emergency. Swihart was subsequently scratched from Wednesday’s lineup so he could leave to be with his family.

Jordan previously played running back for the University of New Mexico Lobos as recently as 2016. Swihart’s parents became his legal guardian after taking him in while he was in high school.

This marks the second tragedy to hit the Red Sox in the past two weeks. They and the Boston sports media suffered a massive loss last week when longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo suddenly passed away at age 62. Cora paid his respects to Cafardo, who had covered the Red Sox since 1989 and became known for his “Sunday Notes” column, on the day after his passing as other tributes poured in from across the baseball world.

Update: The Red Sox released a brief statement on the passing of Romell Jordan:

Click here for all Red Sox/MLB updates from 98.5 The Sports Hub.