Edinson Volquez is ready to start Game 5 of the World Series, just days after his father died

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The Kansas City Royals are keeping their word to start Edinson Volquez on Sunday night in Game 5 of the World Series. The pitcher arrived Saturday in New York after attending his father’s funeral.

Volquez pitched the first six innings of Game 5, but didn’t stay to celebrate the Royals victory over the New York Mets. The player went to the Dominican Republic to attend  a memorial service and funeral for his father, Daniel Volquez, who died at age 63 of a heart failure hours before Game 1 started.

“I wish [my dad] could be here right now and enjoy every game that I pitch,” Volquez said. “And tomorrow I’m going to be thinking of my mom, and the rest of my family is going to be so happy to see me pitch. My mom told me before I got here: ‘Go over there and enjoy the game like you always do and be proud. We are proud of you. ‘‘

Even though Volquez did not have much contact with the team the past few days, Ned Yost, Royals manager stated he’s sure the player will be ready to pitch against the Mets on Sunday.

“These are huge games,” Yost said. “Eddie’s been with this team all year long. He’s worked so hard to get to this point. And it was like Chris Young when his dad passed away. Chris just knew how proud his dad was of him and that his dad would want him to carry on. His dad would want him to be on that mound and helping his team win. And I imagine that Eddie’s dad would want the same thing for Eddie.”

The 32 years old pitcher led the Royals rotation with 13 victories, a 3.55 ERA and 200 1/3 innings pitched during the regular season. He is 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in four postseason starts against Houston, Toronto and the Mets.

“I’m sure the one thing his father would want him to do is pitch Game 5,” said Mets manager Terry Collins, whose father also died this year in February “So you’re challenged by that, the grief, and yet, hey, look, you know what would make him proud and make him happy, and that’s to go out and do what you do best and that’s to pitch.”

“So I salute him because I know how hard it will be for him. Right now he’s got something else to pitch for, and that’s the memory of his dad. He’s already tough enough.”

Volquez told reporters in Santo Domingo that he learned of his father’s death from his wife and the Royals general manager Dayton Moore after he left the field. According to Volquez his family made the right call.

“If my wife told me,” he said, “I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to pitch. She decided to tell me later. And I think that was the right choice.”

Yost explained he is not worried about the chance that Volquez hasn’t practiced or thrown since he left the team during Game1.

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