Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Boston Red Sox reliever Rich Hill announced Thursday that his infant son, Brook, died due to multiple health issues.
Hill arrived at spring training Wednesday night after staying in Boston to attend to his son.
“We had a son on Dec. 26, and he was born with multiple issues that we confronted and had to deal with as we were moving through the last couple of months at Mass General,” Hill said.
“Unfortunately he succumbed and he has passed. He taught us a lot of things, and unfortunately things didn’t work out,” he added.
Hill, who pitched for Boston from 2010 to 2012 and made 63 appearances with the Cleveland Indians in 2013, signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox during the offseason so he could remain close to his family.
He expressed gratitude toward the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and said the Red Sox “have been tremendous.”
Hill said he is glad to be back around his teammates and baseball after such a devastating period in his life.
“Excited to be here, to be playing baseball again and get back into the normalcy of my profession and to be around a great group of guys and to just take that next step,” he said.
Hill added that he is ready to focus on pitching again.