Minor league pitcher Tyler Zombro reveals GRAPHIC post-brain surgery pics as he recovers from being hit in the head with a line drive and says he’s ‘very fortunate all things considered’
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- Durham Bulls reliever Tyler Zombro is now recovering at home following brain surgery earlier this month after he was struck in the head with a line drive
- Zombro collapsed and began convulsing as frightened teammates watched
- He recently shared graphic post-surgery pics on Twitter that included footage of him walking around Duke University Hospital with the help of nurses
- Zombro, 26, said he is ‘in a very fortunate position all things considered’
Tyler Zombro, the minor league pitcher who required brain surgery after recently being struck with a line drive, has posted graphic photos of his head injury on social media, but says he is ‘in a very fortunate position all things considered.’
Zombro, a 26-year-old Durham Bulls pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system, spent five days in intensive care and another two in the hospital before being discharged last week. He is continuing outpatient therapy with his family in North Carolina.
‘Unbelievably grateful to be in the situation I’m currently in with the incredible help from @DukeHospital & staff,’ wrote Zombro.
Tyler Zombro, the minor league pitcher who required brain surgery after recently being struck with a line drive, has posted graphic photos of his head injury on social media, but says he is ‘in a very fortunate position all things considered’
Zombro, a right-hander in the Tampa Bay Rays system, was hit by a sharp line drive from Norfolk’s Brett Cumberland in the eighth inning of a June 3 game, which was suspended
Fortunately, Zombro appeared to be on the mend in the photos he posted on Twitter, although they are not for the faint of heart. Aside from a brief video showing him walking around the hospital, Zombro is seen with a sutured, half-shave head in one photo
Zombro shared video of his first post-surgery steps and is now recovering at his Durham home
The incident took place on June 3 when Zombro, a right-hander in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, was hit by a sharp line drive from Norfolk’s Brett Cumberland in the eighth inning.
Zombro crumbled awkwardly to the ground, lay motionless for a moment face down, then began to convulse uncontrollably as teammates and a trainer rushed toward the mound.
He was then rushed to the hospital and the game was suspended as teammates were seen kneeling and praying on the field.
Fortunately, Zombro appears to be on the mend judging from his Twitter photos, although they are not for the faint of heart.
In one photo, Zombro’s skull can be seen after his brain surgery
Aside from a brief video showing him walking around the hospital, Zombro is seen with a sutured, half-shaven head in one photo while another actually shows a sizable portion of his skull.
A final picture shows Zombro giving the camera a ‘thumbs up’ with both hands.
‘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…’
Zombro continued his sentence in another tweet: ‘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,’ Zombro wrote, mentioning his wife.
‘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,’ read his final tweet on the subject. ‘In optimistic news: I’ve never been the fastest on the field so I may have gotten a boost after this surgery.’
Zombro, who signed as an undrafted free agent, was having a solid season on the mound, yielding just four earned runs over 11 innings pitched.
Zombro thanked fans and well wishers for offering support to him and his wife Moriah (right)
Durham Bulls players react to seeing teammate Tyler Zombro being stretchered off the field
Zombro was seen convulsing on the mound moments after being hit by the line drive
Zombro was stretchered off the field and taken to Duke University Hospital on June 3