Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Miguel Castro Jr. is retelling what had to be a harrowing experience for the Dominican Republic native in his hometown of La Romana.
Castro indicates that he was robbed at gunpoint while training at a stadium in the town.
“They took my chains from me in the middle of the play, they almost gave me a shot by the grace of God the pistol was encasquilló (jammed). The bullet bounced. I am alive by the mercy of God,” Castro said.
Castro has been working in his local community to stem the tide of violence that has plagued the streets of the DR. This obviously hit home for him in a big way.
We’re just happy that nothing more serious resulted in the incident. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was the victim of a violent crime in the Dominican Republic.
Castro, 25, pitched to a 1-3 record with a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 65 appearances with the Orioles last season. He was tendered a 2020 contract back in December.