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Red Sox Player Dealing With Family Emergency, Team Says

FORT MYERS, Fla (CBS) -- The Boston Red Sox are dealing with another tragedy.

The team abruptly cancelled their Wednesday morning availability before revealing that a player is dealing with a family emergency. The club did not release details, saying they would do so when the time was appropriate.

UPDATE: The Red Sox have announced that the younger brother of catcher Blake Swihart died unexpectedly Wednesday morning. 

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg gave the media an update shortly before 10 a.m.

"A member of the team had a personal family emergency and out of respect to that player and their family, we're not able to give any details at this time. But at the appropriate time, you guys will get that info. At the appropriate time, you'll understand why we closed the clubhouse this morning," Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg told reporters in Fort Myers, Florida.

Then, for the second time in two weeks, Boston manager Alex Cora delivered a sad -- but uplifting -- message while addressing the media. While he did not say what the team was dealing with, it sounds like a player is dealing with a death in their family.

"It's tough. It's very tough. We went through [the passing of Boston Globe columnist] Nick [Cafardo] and now we've gone through this. This is not easy on us. Just start thinking the same things I said last week -- same feelings today. Same feelings," Cora said.

Early Wednesday, Boston pitcher David Price tweeted about the team sticking together during tragedy and heartbreak.

"The one thing about the group, David just put it in 150 characters. That's what we are, that's what we feel about each other," Cora said of Price's Tweet.

"It's not about what happens on the field. It's the other stuff that happens. We're going to have great days and we're going to have some tough days. But at the end we do care about each other. We turn the page on whatever happens on the field and we're very close," he added.

"That's a special group in there," he continued. "We will be OK. We know that. But it puts everything in perspective again. It's just a game. But, year, it's a tough day."

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