Red Sox give grieving Blake Swihart their shoulders to lean on

The catcher played, and played well, the day after the death of his adopted brother.

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Blake Swihart heads into the cage during batting practice. –Jim Davis / The Boston Globe

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As usual, Blake Swihart arrived at the Red Sox clubhouse early Thursday morning to work out with the other catchers. Then he prepared for a game against the Washington Nationals later in the day.

“Trying to treat him as normal as possible,’’ manager Alex Cora said.

It will take time for Swihart to feel that way, if it’s even possible, after the death of his brother Romell Jordan. But Swihart wanted to play and had two good at-bats, the second producing an RBI single. He then caught a flight back to New Mexico to join his family for a memorial service on Saturday.