ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — 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.
Cobb texted teammates Sunday 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 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.
The Diamondbacks' right-hander underwent extensive examinations at the Mayo Clinic after the episode Monday. He was having dinner with his wife at a Phoenix restaurant when he passed out.
"You never want to see anybody go through that," Shields said. "You just never know what's going to come out of it. You look at McCarthy, he walked off the field. Next thing you know, they're doing surgery on him."
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was also struck by a liner against the Rays last month at Tropicana Field and sustained a skull fracture.
Happ was discharged from an area hospital the following day. The left-hander hurt his knee when he fell to the mound and remains on the disabled list.
Rays reliever Jamey Wright feels it is imperative that the issue continue to receive serious review.
"We don't want somebody getting killed before something is done about it," Wright said.
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|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Miami||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
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|LA Clippers||18||2nd Qtr|
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|Dallas||0||2nd Prd 1:27|
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|Ottawa||0||2nd Prd 15:05|
|Winnipeg||1||2nd Prd 16:29|
|NY Islanders||0||1st Prd 3:50|
|Carolina||1||1st Prd 1:49|
|West Virginia||38||2nd Half 10:51|
|Tenn Tech||49||2nd Half 10:00|
|Wright State||54||2nd Half 3:53|
|Rider||58||2nd Half 10:08|
|Long Island||63||2nd Half 9:04|
|Montreat||53||2nd Half 3:59|
|Eastern Ky||56||2nd Half 10:10|
|TCU||55||2nd Half 5:54|
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|Florida A&M||26||1st Half 6:32|
|Dartmouth||21||1st Half 7:02|
|Marshall||12||1st Half 7:46|
|Providence||27||1st Half 2:30|
|Oakwood||8||1st Half 10:28|
|Ole Miss||8:00 PM|
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|La Verne||9:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|Carroll (MT)||9:00 PM|
|San Diego St||10:00 PM|
|(19) Louisville||10||2nd Qtr 4:20|
|Bowling Green||12/6/13 7:00 PM|
|(16) Northern Ill|
|(15) UCF||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(18) Oklahoma||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(6) Oklahoma State|
|Marshall||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||12/7/13 12:00 PM|
|(23) Texas||12/7/13 2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||12/7/13 3:00 PM|
|So Florida||12/7/13 6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||12/7/13 6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Louisiana||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(2) Ohio State||12/7/13 7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||12/7/13 9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
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|La Salle||66||2nd Half 3:334|
|William & Mary||51|
|Dayton||69||2nd Half 6:50|
|Clemson||53||2nd Half 7:34|
|Missouri State||52||2nd Half 4:37|
|Providence||65||2nd Half 4:20|
|UC Davis||30||2nd Half 8:55|
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|Lafayette||56||2nd Half 1:24|
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|NC State||33||2nd Half|
|Utah Valley U||31||2nd Half|
|Wichita State||40||2nd Half 16:32|
|Sam Houston St||24|
|Utah State||29||1st Half 4:15|
|Boston College||21||1st Half 4:02|
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|Northern Ill||16||1st Half 6:45|
|Loyola Marymount||8:00 PM|
|San Diego Christian||9:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||9:00 PM|
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