Pitcher struck in head by line drive posts jarring hospital photos


A Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer who had brain surgery after he was hit in the head by a line drive took to social media to update fans on his status for the first time since his terrifying episode.

Durham Bulls relief pitcher Tyler Zombro published a series of tweets on Thursday evening, in which he expressed gratitude to the health care professionals and staff at Duke University Hospital in Durham. Included in the posts were several photos and a video taken at the hospital, which show a large scar on Zombro's head from the surgery, as well as cuts and bruises on his face, apparently suffered when he fell face down on the mound.

"Unbelievably grateful to be in the situation I’m currently in with the incredible help from @DukeHospital & staff," Zombro's tweets read. "To all of you that have showered my family and I with positive thoughts, I have no doubt that all of the prayer support kept God with me throughout that night, as I’m in a very fortunate position all things considered. The outpouring support and prayer has meant the world to Moriah and I, and I certainly believe you guys have well wished me to an enhanced recovery."

Zombro was rushed to the hospital on June 3, after he was struck by a line drive off the bat of a Norfolk Tides player in the eighth inning. He appeared to be convulsing briefly on the mound, with players on both teams clearly disturbed by the scene, gathering in groups to pray and console each other. The balance of the game was suspended, and the next day's game was postponed.

The 26-year-old Zombro spent several days in intensive care following emergency surgery, before his discharge on June 9. He remains in the Durham area, continuing his outpatient rehabilitation there.

Despite his horrific ordeal, Zombro said he is grateful for all of the support sent his way.

"Thank you again to the entire baseball community for the support, I’m one lucky guy and can’t wait to get back out there (whenever that is)! God Bless you all! #BULLieve"

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