Volquez returns to DR after his father's death

Right-hander may rejoin Royals for Game 3 of World Series

Volquez returns to DR after his father's death

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez flew back to the Dominican Republic prior to Kansas City's 7-1 Game 2 win on Wednesday to be with family following the death of his father. 

Volquez was quoted in an Associated Press story as saying he would return to the Royals either Friday or Saturday in New York as the World Series shifts to Citi Field starting Friday for Game 3 (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX; 8 p.m. game time). 

Game Date Matchup
Gm 1 Oct. 27 KC 5, NYM 4 (14)
Gm 2 Oct. 28 KC 7, NYM 1
Gm 3 Oct. 30 NYM 9, KC 3
Gm 4 Oct. 31 KC 5, NYM 3
Gm 5 Nov. 1 KC 7, NYM 2 (12)

Volquez's father, Daniel, died at the age of 63 because of heart complications hours before the Royals and Volquez played the Mets in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Volquez will be the Game 5 starter if that game is needed (Kansas City's Game 2 win gave it a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven Series), and although he was quoted in the AP story as saying he wasn't sure if he would be able to make that start, Royals officials said he indicated to them otherwise. The Royals expect him to make that start if it is needed.

Volquez pitched six innings in Game 1 without the knowledge of his father's passing. He was given the news by his wife afterward in the clubhouse.

"My wife [Roandy Volquez] was waiting for me with [Royals general manager Dayton Moore], and they informed me what had happened when I finished [pitching]," Volquez said.

Volquez is the third Royals player to lose a parent this season. Right-hander Chris Young lost his father, Charles, in late September. Third baseman Mike Moustakas lost his mother, Connie, earlier this season.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.