Yankees slugger Carlos Beltran and his family suffered a loss on Wednesday when his wife, Jessica, lost their unborn son to a miscarriage.
Beltran announced the news in a Spanish post on his Facebook page.
“Life took away the blessing of having my first boy,” he wrote. “I believe in God and I am thankful for all his many blessings, like my beautiful family, friends, fans and career. Everything happens and will happen according to God’s perfect timing and my wife and I accept it that way. Thank you for all the love and messages.”
According to the New York Daily News, Beltran’s wife was four months pregnant. They have two daughters, Ivana, 6 and Kiara, 2.
The Puerto Rican slugger left the team before Tuesday’s game in St. Petersburg, Florida to be with his wife and family in New York.
Beltran’s teammate, Derek Jeter, shared his shock and sorrow about the news.
“It puts things in perspective, you know what I mean?” he said. “We’re here, we’re playing a game and we’re trying to win games, but the bottom line, family is much more important than anything that happens on a baseball field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, but that’s terrible. I feel bad for him.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was unsure when Beltran would rejoin the team.
This is Beltran’s first season with the Yankees. In 108 games, he is hitting .236/.303/.406 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.