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Orioles reliever Miguel Castro says on Instagram that he was robbed at gunpoint in Dominican Republic

Orioles relief pitcher Miguel Castro throws a pitch to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the ninth inning Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Baltimore.
Orioles relief pitcher Miguel Castro throws a pitch to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the ninth inning Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Baltimore. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Orioles reliever Miguel Castro posted on Instagram on Tuesday that he was robbed of his chain at gunpoint in his native Dominican Republic.

Castro, who wore the name “Villa Hermosa” to honor his hometown in the Dominican Republic the last two Players Weekends, posted in Spanish that he was on his way to a train in La Romana when two people pushed him and took his jewelry.

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Castro said the gun jammed, and he’s only alive by the “mercy of God.”

“This has to stop now,” Castro wrote.

In a statement from the Orioles, executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias said: “We are in contact with Miguel Castro regarding today’s incident in La Romana, DR and we are very thankful that he is safe.”

Castro’s agency, the Balengee Group, said in 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, was acquired by the Orioles at the beginning of the 2017 season from the Colorado Rockies. He has spent the ensuing three years as a fixture in the Orioles bullpen, with a 4.06 ERA in 167 appearances.

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