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Tampa Bay Rays prospect Tyler Zombro hit by liner, in stable condition

Feb 24, 2021; Port Charlotte, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Zombro (39) pitches a simulated inning during spring training at Charlotte Sports Park Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Durham Bulls right-hander Tyler Zombro was transported to an area hospital after being hit in the head with a line drive during a Triple-A game against the visiting Norfolk Tides on Thursday.

In video of the incident, Zombro, 26, appeared to be convulsing on the mound before being removed from the field on a stretcher in the eighth inning. The game between the Bulls and Tides was suspended with Norfolk leading 12-4, but it was later deemed to be official.

“Tyler Zombro was transported to Duke University Hospital in Durham and is in stable condition,” the Tampa Bay Rays, Durham’s MLB team, said in a statement issued Thursday night. “He is currently undergoing further treatment and observation. Additional updates will be provided as they become available. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler, his family and his teammates.”

Neither the Rays nor the Bulls had updated Zombro’s condition as of mid-morning Friday.

Zombro entered the game in the eighth inning and faced Brett Cumberland, who lined a 1-2 fastball off the side of the pitcher’s head.

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Zombro owns a 1-1 record with a 3.18 ERA in nine relief outings this season. He has an 11-4 record with a 2.79 ERA in 97 games (three starts) since joining the Rays’ organization in 2017.

A Virginia native, he played collegiately at George Mason.

–Field Level Media