BALTIMORE -- After being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, Orioles left-hander Donnie Hart threw a scoreless seventh inning and picked up the win when the Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners, 7-6, Aug. 28. But the Orioles weren't the only thing on his mind.
Hart is from Katy, Texas, about 30 miles west of Houston, and he has many friends and relatives who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
"Obviously, I've been pretty distracted," Hart said Aug. 28. "I spent most of the ride up here from Norfolk today on the phone. In fact, I had to plug my phone in because it had almost went dead."
Hart's family home has become a safe haven for friends and family.
"My parent's house is full right now," Hart said. "We don't even own dogs, and they've got five or so dogs. Both sisters and their families are in the house just because the amount of water taken in. … It's kind of scary right now, but I can say my family is safe."
Hart has constantly been texting back home to check on everybody.
"I've been pretty glued into the Weather Channel the last few days -- just trying to find ways to help people out, make phone calls to friends," Hart said. "I have a friend that has an airboat. I'm trying to get him to people that need help."
His own house seems to be fine, Hart said.
"I'm 30 minutes west of Houston, so I'm on higher ground," Hart said. "[But], you get that much rain in a short period of time, there's no high ground, unfortunately."
"Where my parents are at, they're staying dry for the most part. That's probably the best place. My sister's house is probably going to take on water tonight."
In fact that was the case. On Aug. 29, Hart said the camera at his sister's house was no longer working because of the amount of rain.
"It's just more rain. I was watching the Weather Channel this morning, and I think they got eight more inches of rain overnight," Hart said. "You kind of wait it out. It's supposed to stop raining today or tomorrow and water will start moving out.
"… You kind of cross your fingers and hope that everybody can get out," Hart said.
Note: Hart was optioned back to Norfolk about an hour before the scheduled start of the Aug. 30 game, when the Orioles reinstated right-hander Dylan Bundy from the bereavement list. Hart is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 40 games for the Orioles this season.