Pitcher who was hit in head by line drive released from hospital

By , Audacy Sports

A Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer pitcher whose scary injury prompted the suspension of one game and postponement of another has been released from the hospital.

Tyler Zombro, a right-handed reliever for the Triple-A Durham Bulls, was discharged from Duke University Hospital on Wednesday, according to the Rays. His release came five days after he was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of a Norfolk Tides hitter on June 3.

The 26-year-old, who was named the Rays' minor league pitcher of the year in 2019, will continue outpatient and occupational speech therapy with his family in Durham, the team said. It was unclear the exact nature of his injuries.

Zombro immediately fell to the ground on the pitcher's mound at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and appeared to be convulsing at one point while he was being treated by team trainers. He exited the field on a stretcher while shocked players gathered in groups to comfort each other and pray.

The game was suspended amid the chilling scene, and the next day's game was postponed. Zombro, who played his college ball with George Mason, has a 3.18 ERA and 9 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings this season for Durham.

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