Bulls pitcher Tyler Zombro hospitalized after being hit by line drive

New York Yankees’ Tyler Zombro delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Durham Bulls pitcher Tyler Zombro was hit in the head by a line drive in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against Norfolk.

Norfolk’s Brett Cumberland hit a line drive back up the middle that appeared to strike Zombro in the temple. He immediately fell motionless to the ground.

As teammates and medical staff converged on him, he appeared to go into convulsions. An ambulance arrived at the stadium minutes later, parking in the grounds crew area beyond the right field foul area. EMTs tended to Zombro on the mound, then took him out of the stadium on a stretcher, as the convulsions appeared to continue.

Umpires met with both managers, then called the league office in New York. Players were called off the field, and announcement was made that the game was suspended, although reportedly, the game was made official and ended a short time later.

The line drive reportedly had an exit velocity of 104 mph.

The Rays released a statement, saying, “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.”