Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher hit in the head with line drive, taken to Bayfront Medical Center
Micah Grimes/Greg Botelho, CNN
8:07 AM, Jun 16, 2013
2:17 PM, Jun 16, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was rushed to a St. Petersburg hospital after taking a 102.4 mph line drive off the head in Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
St. Pete Fire-Rescue transported Cobb to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg after the incident in the 5th inning.
Rays officials announced around 7:30 p.m. that Cobb sustained a mild concussion and all tests returned negative for further issues.
Rays spokesperson Jonathan Gantt said Cobb remained conscious while being treated. He will remain hospitalized overnight as a precaution.
Sun Sports Rays reported that the entire Rays pitching staff and former pitcher James Shields were with Cobb when he was put in the ambulance.
Rays pitcher David Price was seen leaving the hospital around 7 p.m. Moments later, Price tweeted: "Cobber is way more tough than me!! Laughing at jokes and the name they gave him!! Please keep him and his family in your prayers."
The Associated Press reported Cobb put a hand on his head after being struck. Trainers from both teams and other medical staff immediately ran onto the field. Cobb could be seen kicking his legs while being examined on the mound.
According to Gantt, he was accompanied to the hospital by medical team physician Dr. Michael Reilly, head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield and teammate David Price.
The incident was another blow in a tough week for Cobb, who left the team after starting Monday night's game against Boston due to the death of his grandmother, according to the Associated Press.
"He remained conscious the entire time," the Tampa Bay franchise said on Twitter.
A few hours later -- after the Rays wrapped up a 5-3 win -- the team tweeted about Cobb's condition.
"Alex Cobb was diagnosed with a mild concussion," the club said. "All tests came back normal."