- Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Tyler Zombro posted a series of tweets showing his recovery since being hit in the head by a line drive on June 3.
- On Thursday, Zombro revealed his brain surgery scar and gave thanks for all the support he’s received and how fortunate he feels, given the situation.
- More MLB news here.
After the terrible week Major League Baseball has had, how about some good news? Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Tyler Zombro, who was hit in the head by a line drive on June 3, is expected to make a full recovery after major brain surgery.
The 26-year-old Zombro, a relief pitcher for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls, posted a series of tweets on Thursday expressing his gratitude to the staff at the Duke University Hospital, the Tampa Bay Rays organization, and the entire baseball community.
“Unbelievably grateful to be in the situation I’m currently in with the incredible help from @DukeHospital & staff,” Herro wrote on Twitter alongside some rather gruesome photos of his brain surgery scar.
“To all of you that have showered my family and I with positive thoughts, I have no doubt that all of the prayer support kept God with me throughout that night as I’m in a very fortunate position all things considered.
“The outpouring support and prayer has meant the world to Moriah and I, and I certainly believe you guys have well wished me to an enhanced recovery.”
Herro also joked about how the surgery may have made him “faster” on the baseball field as he shared a video of himself taking some steps post-brain surgery.
To @raysbaseball and @durhambulls I cannot thank you guys enough for treating me the way you have, as this is what makes our organization so special. In optimistic news: I’ve never been the fastest on the field so I may have gotten a boost after this surgery. pic.twitter.com/h9YXbzTvSn— Tyler Zombro (@T_Zombro24) June 17, 2021
Tyler Zombro spent five days in the intensive care unit, and seven days total in the hospital after being struck in the head by a line drive in the eighth inning of a game against the Norfolk Tides in Durham. (Video of the at bat can be viewed here – warning, it is graphic.)
Prior to being injured, Zombro was sporting a 3.18 ERA this season, and a 2.79 ERA overall over four seasons in the Rays’ minor league system.