Orioles pitcher Miguel Castro is thankful to be alive.
The reliever was recently held up at gunpoint, the target of a robbery, while conducting a camp for aspiring big leaguers in his home country of the Dominican Republic.
"I almost lost my career," Castro posted on his Instagram story (translated from Spanish). "Thank God the gun jammed. … I am alive by the mercy of God."
"This has to stop," the post reads. "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."
You can read the whole Instagram story post in Spanish here:
The Orioles are aware of the situation and have been in contact with Castro, per release:
Statement from Orioles EVP and General Manager Mike Elias pic.twitter.com/lLbReEwsQQ
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) January 8, 2020
Castro, 25, made his major league debut in 2015 and pitched for the Rockies and Blue Jays before arriving in Baltimore.