Laredo pitcher expects to miss a month after being struck in head by line drive

Laredo Lemurs pitcher Greg Wilborn said he expects to be out about a month after taking a line drive off his head in Friday’s game against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

“I felt fine, which was my main thing, I knew where I was,” Wilborn said before Saturday’s American Association game. “I knew how many outs there were and everything that had gone on.”

Wilborn left Friday’s game in the fifth inning after a Jose Garcia line drive struck him near his left eye that opened a cut.

Wilborn, who went to a local hospital, said he received 18 stitches, including five internal. He said a scan revealed no brain swelling or concussion. He did suffer a small fracture on the outer rim of the bone around his eye, Wilborn said.

“Hopefully, within in like a month or a little over I can be back out on the field,” Wilborn said. “I could have easily lost my eye if not worse. … It’s just a minor thing so I’m pretty thankful for that.”

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