For lefty Hart, hope for a dif­fer­ent kind of re­lief

Re­liever keep­ing close tabs on fam­ily af­ter ma­jor flood­ing in Hous­ton

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

Re­liever Don­nie Hart had just been sum­moned back to the big leagues on Mon­day morn­ing, but on his drive to Bal­ti­more from Triple-A Nor­folk, the Ori­oles left-han­der had other things on his mind.

Hart is from the Hous­ton area, and his en­tire fam­ily found it­self in the mid­dle of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, which has dev­as­tated the coun­try’s fourth-largest city and its sur­round­ing ar­eas with mas­sive floods.

So on his way to Cam­den Yards to re­port for Mon­day night’s se­ries opener against the Seat­tle Mariners, Hart was on his phone most of the time, talking to fam­ily and friends who had been af­fected.

“I’ve been pretty dis­tracted,” Hart said. “My par­ents’ house is full right now. We don’t even own dogs and they’ve got five or some­thing dogs and both sis­ters and their fam­i­lies in a house right now. Just be­cause of the amount of water they’re tak­ing in.”

Hart’s home in Katy, Texas — west of Hous­ton — is safe, but both of his sis­ters, Donna and Tam­mie, were forced to evac­u­ate their homes as mas­sive flood­ing shut down the area and forced res­cue ef­forts. Both of their homes were ex­pected to get more rain, es­pe­cially that of Hart’s

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