After spending the night in a St. Petersburg hospital, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was released Sunday afternoon. He was going straight home and not stopping at the ballpark.
Cobb, who suffered a mild concussion after being hit by a line drive in Saturday night's game against Kansas City, will be placed on the seven-day concussion list, the team said Sunday morning. The team added that there is no timetable for his return.
Cobb tweeted Sunday morning that he "woke up with only a minor headache" and thanked the Rays trainer Ron Porterfield and the staff at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
ESPN reported that Cobb texted his teammates Sunday morning saying he has a headache but will be leaving the hospital later Sunday.
Cobb was struck behind the ear by a line drive hit by Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning. He was awake, alert and joking with nurses at Bayfront Medical Center, according to teammate David Price, who left the stadium to visit Cobb while Saturday's game was still in progress.
"He was laughing. He seemed pretty normal," Price said. "He said (trainer Ron Porterfield) was making him mad because he wouldn't let him stand up."
After the game, Hosmer summed up what many of the players felt.
"I honestly didn't even want to run to first," Hosmer said. "I just wanted to see how he was doing. ... It's freaky, scary stuff, man. ... There's a lot of stuff racing through my mind and I just kind of shut down after that happened."
The Rays won the game, 5-3.