ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran and his wife, Jessica, have lost their son due to a miscarriage, according to a Facebook post by the New York Yankees outfielder. Beltran has been away from the Yankees for two days for what the team termed a family matter.
"It put things in perspective," said Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who has spoken with Beltran. "We are here, playing a game, trying to win games, but the bottom line is family is much more important than anything that happens on a baseball field. Your thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. That's terrible. I feel bad for him. He should take as much time as he needs. I don't know how much time that is going to be, but he should. I can't imagine how he feels."
The Beltrans have two daughters.
"Life took away the blessing of having my first boy," Beltran wrote in Spanish on his Facebook page. "I believe in God and I am thankful for all his many blessings, like my beautiful family, friends, fans, and career. Everything happens and will happen according to God's perfect timing and my wife and I accept it that way. Thank you for all the love and messages."
ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera contributed to this report.