ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb left the hospital and went home Sunday, one day after he was hit in the right ear by a line drive.
The Rays announced during their game against Kansas City that Cobb had been released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The team said he will be placed on the seven-day concussion list.
There was no timetable for when Cobb will rejoin the rotation.
In a message posted on his Twitter account, Cobb thanked Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield and the doctors at Bayfront, and said that he “Woke up with only a minor headache.”
“I think he was very happy to see how many people wanted to come and see him,” Moore said.
It was a tough week for Cobb, who left the team after starting Monday night’s game against Boston due to the death of his grandmother. He was informed of the death after the game in which the 25-year old gave up a season-high six runs over four innings in a 10-8, 14-inning loss to the Red Sox.
This latest incident of a pitcher being hit by a batted ball is sure to spark more discussions about new pitching protection equipment.
“Whoever comes up with the solution for this, they’re never going to have to work again in their lives,” Rays pitcher David Price said. “It’s scary. We know about that. You think about it, and then you don’t think about it when you’re on the mound. But when you see it happen, and you see line drives and hard groundballs up the middle, it definitely cross your mind.”
Moore said he would be willing to wear headgear if it was developed.
“A cricket helmet, or whatever it was, I would give it my best effort to make sure I pitch with that,” Moore said. “If I could prevent something like that by wearing something, without a doubt I would.”
While pitching for Oakland last Sept. 5, Brandon McCarthy sustained what were described at the time as life-threatening injuries when he was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Angels. The pitcher had an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and a skull fracture. Emergency surgery was performed that night and he was released from the hospital six days later.
McCarthy, now with Arizona, is taking medication and says he’s confident he’ll be fine after he recently collapsed at a restaurant with a seizure related to the head injury he sustained while pitching last September.