Yangervis Solarte loses wife to battle with cancer

Baseball null null null The Padres cared very little after losing 8-0 to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, for they had recently learned teammate Yangervis Solarte lost his wife to cancer.Sunday, the Padres took the field with heavy hearts after the death of Yuliett Pimentel Solarte, who was 31.  MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2016A moment of silence was held before the series finale at Coors Field. “What he's going through right now as a dad of three girls and losing his wife, it's tragic,” Padres manager Andy Green said, via the San Diego Union Tribune. “One of the best things about baseball is it's a family away from a family. The whole of Major League Baseball is a family. The Rockies called this morning and asked what they can do. I got calls and texts from coaches in other organizations. Everybody's heart breaks for him right now. There's nothing that replaces a wife and a mother. All we can do is love him and support him.”Solarte left the Padres on Friday for Florida to be with his wife and their three young daughters. Yuliett died Saturday, before the Padres' game.Construir una familia es lo más lindo que hay que se te rompa de esta manera es difícil pero sé que estarás en paz pic.twitter.com/ujiry1ANHf— Yangervis Solarte (@Solarte26) September 18, 2016“She fought cancer for a year, she fought it very hard,” Green said. “Had the opportunity to speak to her on a couple occasions, and even with all she was going through, she was extremely gracious. She was extremely thankful for everything the organization was trying to do for her and her family.“It’s a really good family, and to know what Soley’s battled through all year long to play baseball and that he’s play

ing for his family, he’s playing for his daughters' future well-being — I'm a dad of three girls. I couldn't function without my wife.”Solarte is expected to rejoin the team before the end of the season, with his daughters — Yanliett, Yuliett and Yulianna — joining him. But Green isn't worried about baseball.“From our perspective, baseball doesn't matter right now,” Green said. “In the grand scheme of things, it's a game, and we love it because it's full of life. And he feels like he needs to be back and part of the team again."Whenever that day comes, if it comes, if he chooses a different route, we're completely fine with that as an organization. It's on him. But I think he wants to bring his daughters out. He wants to finish the season with us. Obviously life's changed dramatically for them going forward. Our thoughts, our prayers, all the support of the organization and Major League Baseball is behind them right now.”