Durham Bulls pitcher hit in head by batted ball in game vs. Tides

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) — The Durham Bulls’ game vs. the Tides was suspended Thursday night in Durham after one of the Bulls’ pitchers was struck by a batted ball in the head.

The Bulls say relief pitcher Tyler Zombro, a Virginia native who went to George Mason University, was hit in the 8th inning after throwing just five pitches in a 12-4 game favoring the Tides.

The Durham Bulls provided this update on Friday:

“As of this morning, Tyler remains under the care of the nurses and doctors at Duke University Hospital. The updates from overnight have been positive, and he remains in stable condition. We are overwhelmed by the support for Tyler and wishes for his full and speedy recovery from fans and the baseball community alike. We will provide additional updates as he progresses.”

Many other minor league baseball teams reached out to the Bulls via Twitter, offering thoughts and well wishes for Zombro.

Zombro had posted a 1-1 record on the season with a 3.18 earned run average.

He was assigned to the Bulls on April 30 from the Montgomery Biscuits and is a prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays issued this initial statement Thursday night after the incident:

Tyler Zombro was transported to Duke University Hospital in Durham and is in stable condition. 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.

Tampa Bay Rays

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