Baltimore Orioles reliever Miguel Castro says he was robbed at gunpoint in his native Dominican Republic and would have been shot if the gun didn’t jam.
“Thank God that their gun got jammed,” a translation of the post read. “I’m alive by the mercy of God.
“This has to stop. They took my chain and they wanted to kill me. It’s unbelievable, I was at a training field trying to help those who want to make it to the big leagues and these two guys jumped on me to take my chain with also the intention of putting a bullet in me. This has to stop.”
Orioles general manager Mike Elias said in statement Tuesday that “we are very thankful that he is safe.”
The agency that represents Castro also released a statement. “Miguel is safe. He is shaken. He feels extremely blessed and fortunate to still be alive and thanks everyone for their support. He will continue to use his platform to be a role model.”
Castro, 25, appeared in a career-high 65 games last season and had a 4.66 ERA in 73 ⅓ innings.