Durham, N.C. — Durham Bulls pitcher Tyler Zombro hopped on Twitter on Thursday to thank everyone from hospital workers to fans.
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Zombro under ICU care inititally. Not long after, he was discharged completely from Duke Hospital as he progressed well through his recovery after being hit in the head with a line drive in a game against Norfolk.
After being struck by the batted ball, Zombro fell face first and began convulsing on the ground. The game was stopped so medical personnel could attend to the 26-year-old pitcher, who eventually was taken off the field on a stretcher.
Players from both teams appeared very emotional, kneeling and praying after Zombro was hurt. The ball was hit off the bat of Norfolk’s Brett Cumberland, who crouched down after running to first base and was visibly shaken up.
The game was called after the injury, with the Tides leading 12-4 in the eighth inning.
The Tampa Bay Rays released a statement on Zombro after the game, saying “our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler, his family and his teammates.”
The Norfolk Tides also extended well-wishes, adding “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Norfolk Tides organization are with Tyler, his family, friends and the Durham Bulls at this time.”
Bulls player Taylor Walls and former George Mason teammate Jake Kalish tweeted messages of support for Zombro.