Thursday night’s Triple-A game between the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays affiliate) and Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles affiliate) was suspended after a terrifying moment in the eighth inning.
Durham right-handed pitcher Tyler Zombro was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Norfolk catcher Brett Cumberland, and fell directly to the ground and began convulsing. He was stretchered off the field and taken to a local hospital.
Tonight’s game has been suspended in the 8th inning after Bulls pitcher Tyler Zombro was hit by a batted ball.
Prayers to @T_Zombro24
— Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) June 4, 2021
Durham Bulls pitcher Tyler Zombro took a line drive into the head, fell face first and started convulsing on the ground. The game has stopped as players are praying and kneeling on the field. Stretcher is out at the DBAP.
— Chris Lea – WRAL-TV (@ChrisLeaTV) June 4, 2021
Grim scene in Durham right now. Tyler Zombro, pitching for the Bulls, went down hard after a comebacker to the face. He was shaking uncontrollably before taken off the field via stretcher a few minutes later. Stunned silence.
Update: game has been called pic.twitter.com/9P32SGHArv
— MiLB Tonight (@MilbTonight) June 4, 2021
The Rays released a statement, saying that Zombro “is in stable condition.”
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 4, 2021
“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.”
Zombro, 26, has been in the Rays’ organization since 2017 after signing as an undrafted free agent out of George Mason. He has a 3.18 ERA in nine appearances this season for Durham.