Hospitalized Triple-A pitcher out of bed, walking

Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Tyler Zombro is out of his hospital bed and walking with some assistance, Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters on Saturday.

Zombro, a 26-year-old reliever for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, the Durham Bulls, has been in stable condition at Duke University Hospital since being hit in the head with a line drive in the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game against the Norfolk Tides in Durham, North Carolina.

Cash provided the encouraging update on Saturday after hearing from Durham athletic trainers.

“Still progressing in the right direction,” Cash said.

Zombro was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Brett Cumberland and immediately fell to the ground. His feet appeared to be shaking as an athletic trainer rushed to him. Zombro was taken off the field on a stretcher as shaken teammates looked on.

The remainder of Thursday’s game was called with the Tides leading 12-4. Friday’s game between the teams was postponed.

On Friday, the Rays said Zombro remained in stable condition, adding that “the updates from overnight have been positive.”

Zombro has been in the Rays organization since 2017, when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of George Mason. He has a 3.18 ERA this season and a 2.79 career ERA in the minors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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