The Royals are saying that Edinson Volquez does not know about his father's reported death.— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) October 28, 2015
Re: Royals saying Volquez does not know of his dad's death and Enrique Rojas saying he does: I trust Rojas more on away-from-team news.— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) October 28, 2015
The Fox telecast did not initially mention the situation regarding Volquez’s father, out of concern that, if the pitcher indeed did not know, the network didn’t want to be responsible for him finding out during the game.
Broadcast generally on in clubhouse. Conflicting reports on whether Volquez knows. We are not taking chance he would find out through us.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 28, 2015
I'm told Fox is being respectful on reporting Volquez on the game broadcast at the request of the Royals.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 28, 2015
It is astonishing to imagine that the news of Volquez’s father’s death was being widely discussed and shared on social media, and yet the pitcher himself, while being watched by millions of people, did not know of it, and yet that appeared to have been the case. Before the eighth inning began, Fox finally reported on the situation at the ballpark, claiming that Volquez’s wife had requested that he not be informed until he was done pitching.
Per Fox broadcast, Royals PR director said Volquez's wife didn't want him to know about his father before the game. He's with family now.— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) October 28, 2015
A source told ESPN that Volquez’s 63-year-old father had died of heart complications. The media company noted that another Royals pitcher slated to start Game 4, Chris Young, had lost his father in September. In addition, the mother of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas died in August.