Blue Jays Pitcher Erik Swanson's Son, 4, Struck by Car and Airlifted to Hospital: 'On the Road to Recovery'

Toby Swanson was struck by a car driven by a valet at the Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater, Florida, on Sunday

<p>Toronto Blue Jays/Facebook; Thomas Skrlj/MLB Photos via Getty</p> Blue Jays Rally Around Erik Swanson After Son Is Hit by Car

Members of the Toronto Blue Jays are rallying around teammate Erik Swanson, whose 4-year-old son Toby was struck by a car on Sunday in Clearwater, Florida.

The pitcher’s son was airlifted to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg after a valet driver at the Opal Sands Resort hit the boy, according to Fox affiliate WTVT.

The station reported that he is in critical condition. Police told the Tampa Bay Times that Toby suffered life-threatening injuries.

The team shared the news of the accident before the Blue Jays-Detroit Tigers spring training game on Tuesday, and said in a statement that Toby “is on the road to recovery.”

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“Thanks to the incredible work from Clearwater first responders, Toby is on the road to recovery and is surrounded by his family,” the Blue Jays statement reads, according to

Blue Jays manager John Schneider credited Swanson’s teammates for supporting the reliever, who joined the team last season.

“We have unbelievable resources up and down this organization,” Schneider said. “We have an unbelievable group of guys who are in that clubhouse who are very, very close. They spend a lot of time together off the field along with other families. You lean on those guys. You come together as an organization as quickly as you can and help however you can."

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Toby is well-known in the clubhouse. Alongside pitcher Tim Mayza’s son, Everett, he threw out a ceremonial first pitch in a game late last season, per

"Family comes first," Schneider said on Tuesday, adding that Swanson will be away from the team for “a while.” “Our love, support and prayers are with Erik, Madison, Toby and the entire Swanson family.”

A six-year veteran in the league, Swanson is 8-14 with 10 saves and a 3.78 ERA in 195 games.

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