Nationals closer Sean Doolittle abruptly left camp for a week early this spring. A family emergency required his immediate attention, though it was clear what.
And while Doolittle isn't ready to make that reason public just yet, it affected him enough that he's changing his jersey number in 2019, from 62 to 63.
"It was something that really kind of caught us off guard as a family," Doolittle said. "And we're not ready for it to be super public yet."
"So my wife and I, we have some stuff planned too for this season to try to, I don't know, return the favor, so to speak, and just to hook some people up with some 63 gear. It's just a small gesture of our appreciation."
Stay tuned each Tuesday for more details.