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Rays' Cobb Recovering after Being Hit in Head by Line Drive

Update Monday, June 17, 8:00 a.m.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher was released Sunday morning from Bayfront Medical Center, a day after he was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a line drive during a game against the Kansas City Royals. According to the Rays, Cobb suffered a "mild concussion," and had fluid drained from his ear to alleviate pressure. All other tests were normal. Cobb was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. There's no schedule for his return, and he'll have to pass a series of concussion-related tests before he's allowed to begin pitching again.

Original post Sunday, June 16, 12:34 p.m.

For the second time this season, a pitcher had to be taken off of Tropicana Field on a stretcher after being struck in the head by a line drive. Rays pitcher Alex Cobb spent Saturday night at Bayfront Medical Center after he was struck on the side of the head by a ball hit by Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals.

According to the Sun Sports broadcast, the ball was traveling at 102.4 mph when Cobb was hit.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the official update from the Rays said Cobb had "a mild concussion", tests "came back normal," he never lost consciousness, had a headache and a cut on his ear. He's expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.

"I expected much worse," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "So, as it turned out, it appears that we were very lucky, and of course, Alex was very lucky." "Amazing," said pitcher David Price, who went immediately to the hospital. "He feels good. Just the normal stuff. He's a trouper, man."
Late Saturday Cobb posted on his @Acobb53 Twitter account: "Can't thank everyone enough for the prayers. Was the only way for me to make it out of there ok. Look forward to getting back out there."

On May 7th, Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher J.A. Happ was also taken to Bayfront after suffering a minor skull fracture when he was hit by a line drive hit by the Rays' Desmond Jennings.

The Rays won Saturday's game 5-3 over the Royals.

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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