Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher Tyler Zombro returns from a head injury and makes his season debut at Triple-A Durham

Tyler Zombro, Tampa Bay RaysA minor league pitcher, who was hit in the forehead by a comebacker to baseball last June, made his season debut at Triple-A Durham on Sunday. He threw a scoreless innings against Norfolk.

As Zombro returned to the mound for the first regular-season game since being struck by a 104 mph pitch on his right side, players and coaches from both dugouts stood up to give him a standing ovation.

Sunday's right-hander was able to allow a leadoff double in inning two before getting three consecutive runs. He threw 14 pitches and eight for strikes.

“I believe it all came sort of full circle there, and definitely was a symbol for me ‘completing my journey' to perform in Triple-A,” Zombro told MLB.comSunday

After being knocked unconscious by a liner against Norfolk in June, Zombro was taken to Duke University Hospital where 32 screws and 16 plates were placed into his skull. After being unconscious for about a week, he was discharged.

Zombro, 27, was a collegiate pitcher at George Mason University before signing as an undrafted agent with the Rays in 2017. His career ERA is 2.78 in the minors.

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