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Diamondbacks’ Evan Marshall cleared to return

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May 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Evan Marshall against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Evan Marshall against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Just six months after nearly losing his life, pitcher Evan Marshall has now been cleared by Major League Baseball for all baseball activities.

The 25-year-old was hit in the head by a line drive during a Triple-A game in August, sending him into intensive care. He needed immediate surgery to relieve pressure on the brain, and the hit led to internal bleeding that doctors feared might kill him– never mind pitching again. Miraculously, Marshall recovered, and is now set to compete for a spot in the team’s bullpen.

Marshall said that he will wear protective headgear this season. Braves relief pitcher Alex Torres also wore protective headgear with a specially made hat after he was hit in the head with a line drive in 2013. Likewise, David Wright wore a very large protective helmet after he was beaned by the head by Matt Cain in 2009, although he has since abandoned it.

All players need to be cleared by the league before returning from a concussion. Marshall had previously been cleared by Diamondbacks’ doctors, but was unable to return without restriction until the league cleared Marshall. Prior to being cleared, Marshall was forced to pitch behind a protective screen. All restrictions are off of Marshall now.

Marshall posted a 6.08 ERA in 13 games for the Diamondbacks last season, but was a solid reliever for the team two years ago, holding a 2.74 ERA in 57 games. But obviously, baseball is beside the point in respect to this story. Whether he makes the team or not, there’s no denying that this is a phenomenal story.

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