For lefty Hart, hope for a different kind of relief
Reliever keeping close tabs on family after major flooding in Houston
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