Tampa Bay's Cobb released from hospital

ASSOCIATED PRESS Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was hit in head with line drive Saturday.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was hit in head with line drive Saturday.
Posted: June 18, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb left the hospital and went home yesterday, 1 day after he was hit in the right ear by a line drive.

The Rays announced during their game against Kansas City yesterday that Cobb had been released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The team said he will be placed on the 7-day concussion list.

There was no timetable for when Cobb will rejoin the rotation. Cobb texted teammates yesterday morning, including pitcher Matt Moore, saying he had a headache but would soon be out of the hospital.

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."

Cobb was struck by a liner off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of Saturday's game but remained conscious the whole time. He was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Moore was among a group of around 15 players, which included Hosmer and former Cobb teammates and current Royals James Shields and Elliot Johnson, who went to the hospital after Saturday's game.

"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 last 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 crosses your mind."

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