Rays’ Triple-A pitcher hit by line drive released from hospital | #sports | #elderly | #seniors
ST. PETERSBURG — Rays Triple-A Durham pitcher Tyler Zombro was released from Duke University Hospital Wednesday, less than a week after being struck in the face by a line drive and undergoing brain surgery.
The Rays said Zombro “will remain in Durham and continue with his outpatient occupational and speech therapy,” and that his family will stay with him.
“Steps in the right direction,” Durham manager Brady Williams said on his Bulls Radio Network pregame show with Patrick Kinas. “He’s not anyway done with the rehab process and what’s going on. But to tell you he’s doing well.”
Zombro, 26, was hit by a line drive in Durham’s game last Thursday, then “fell face first and started convulsing on the ground,” according to a tweet from Chris Lea of WRAL-TV. Zombro was taken from the field on a stretcher.
Zombro’s parents told the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., he had “major brain surgery” a few hours after the incident. He was moved out of the intensive care unit on Monday.
Zombro set the team a photo with a “Go Bulls” message that was well received, Williams said. “It was great for us to see him. It hasn’t been easy. But he’s a fighter. He’s a stud. And he’s going to get through this.”
Durham players and coaches have added a “Z” to their hats in Zombro’s honor, Williams said, and ordered T-shirts with a Z on the back and “Keep going #family” on the front. “Looking forward to getting those in and representing him,” Williams said.
The Rays said in a statement they “extend their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff caring for Tyler, and continue to be overwhelmed by the support for his recovery.”
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