Minor league pitcher hit in head by line practice, hospitalized
Rays minor league pitcher Tyler Zombro was hospitalized Thursday night after a line practice hit him in the head.
The appalling injury occurred during the eighth inning of an AAA International League match between Durham and Norfolk in Durham, NC Zombro, who was throwing for Durham, was hit by a line on Brett Cumberland’s stick of Norfolk. He fell to the ground and then began to have convulsions as his teammates and medics rushed to his aid.
Zombro was taken from the field on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to Duke University Hospital in Durham. The Rays have announced he is in stable condition.
The players on the pitch were shocked by what happened.
Grim scene in Durham at the moment. Bulls pitcher Tyler Zombro fell hard after a comeback in the face. He was shaking uncontrollably before leaving the field on a stretcher a few minutes later. Stunned silence.
Update: the game has been called pic.twitter.com/9P32SGHArv
– MiLB tonight (@MilbTonight) June 4, 2021
The match was suspended immediately following Zombro’s injury.
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Zombro, 26, made his ninth appearance of the season for Durham in relief. The Rays signed him as an undrafted free agent by George Mason in 2017.