O's reliever Miguel Castro robbed at gunpoint

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By Austin Medina  

Orioles reliever Miguel Castro endured a scare Tuesday while in the Dominican Republic. 

Castro, 25, took to Instagram and stated that he was "robbed at gunpoint and lucky to be alive." 

Ayer en el municipio de Villa Hermosa, de La Romana, el relevista dominicano de los @Orioles, Miguel Castro, denunció en su cuenta de IG que fue víctima de un atraco y que por poco pierde la vida pic.twitter.com/4J8kjj2Wum

— Mezcla Deportiva (@mezcladeportiva) January 8, 2020

The post, which has been translated from Spanish, contained this: 

"Thank God that their gun got jammed. "I'm alive by the mercy of God. This has to stop. They took my chain and they wanted to kill me. It's unbelievable, I was at a training field trying to help those who want to make it to the big leagues and these two guys jumped on me to take my chain with also the intention of putting a bullet in me. This has to stop."

Orioles GM Mike Elias released a statement Tuesday night showing their support and concern of Castro. 

Statement from Orioles EVP and General Manager Mike Elias pic.twitter.com/lLbReEwsQQ

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) January 8, 2020

The Orioles traded for Castro in 2017 and has seen increased in his ERA and homeruns allowed in every season. In 2019, the reliever racked up a 1-3 record, 4.66 ERA, and 8.7 K/9. 

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