D-back makes return after near-fatal head injury

Posted at 5:56 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 11:51:43-04

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Evan Marshall made a successful return to Major League Baseball on Sunday, pitching two perfect innings in the D-backs' 7-3 win at the San Diego Padres.

The return of Marshall, whom the D-backs called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day, is remarkable considering the near-fatal injury he suffered just eight months ago.

In August, the 25-year-old right-hander was hit in the right temple by a line drive during a minor league game, resulting in a skull fracture. He underwent surgery "to alleviate swelling and pressure" and was pronounced in stable condition afterwards, according to a D-backs media release.

But Marshall has made a full recovery. He went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA for the D-backs during Cactus League play, and his two shutout innings Sunday were his first MLB regular-season action since his injury.

After he pitched, Marshall took to Twitter to thank his family, friends and the D-backs for their support during his recovery.

Marshall received a ton of support on social media -- including from today's starting pitcher, Patrick Corbin.