Durham, North Carolina –Durham Bulls pitcher Tyler Zombro took to Twitter on Thursday to thank everyone from hospital workers to fans.
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Zombro in intensive care initially. Shortly thereafter, he was fully released from Duke Hospital as he progressed well in his recovery after being hit in the head with line practice during a game against Norfolk.
After being hit by the batted ball, Zombro fell face first and began to have convulsions on the ground. The game was stopped so that medical staff could deal with the 26-year-old pitcher, who was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher.
Players from both teams looked very emotional, kneeling and praying after Zombro was injured. The ball was struck by Brett Cumberland of Norfolk, who crouched down after running to first base and was visibly shaken.
The game was called off 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 hearts and prayers are with Tyler, his family and his teammates.”
The Norfolk Tides also expressed their wishes, adding that “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 have tweeted messages of support for Zombro.