Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray, who was hit in the head by a Luke Voit line drive in the second inning Friday, released a statement on Twitter saying he is “still recovering, but feeling much better already.”
The full statement reads: “I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for all of the well wishes and prayers — your support has meant so much to my wife and me. I am still recovering, but feeling much better already.”
Earlier Saturday, the Diamondbacks placed Ray on the seven-day concussion disabled list. The team has called up reliever Silvino Bracho to take his place on the active roster.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said that Ray was diagnosed with a concussion but that “everything is trending toward a very positive outcome.”
“Today is a good day,” Lovullo said. “(Ray) was examined by the trainer, Ben Crenshaw, who put him through certain steps of the concussion protocol and everything was good, everything was positive.”
Lovullo said that Ray, who was taken to a local hospital last night and given three sutures to close the wound on the side of his head, has been released from the hospital and visited the team clubhouse Saturday. Ray has been able to eat and showed good cognitive functions and balance when he was examined by Crenshaw, Lovullo said. He will continue to travel with the Diamondbacks for the remainder of their current road trip.
“You have someone walk through what he did yesterday and it has such an impact on everybody, and to see him today just lifted the spirits of everyone,” Lovullo said.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals will face Diamondbacks ace and former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke on Saturday. The team will use a similar lineup to Friday’s, which produced just one unearned run, albeit in a winning effort.
Second baseman Kolten Wong is back in the starting lineup, resulting in Matt Carpenter moving back to first and Voit moving back to the bench. Wong will bat sixth. Other than that, the position players that will back up starter Mike Leake Saturday are the same as Friday’s.
Here are the lineups for Saturday’s game:
1. Matt Carpenter, 1B
2. Tommy Pham, CF
3. Paul DeJong, SS
4. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Kolten Wong, 2B
7. Randal Grichuk, RF
8. Harrison Bader, CF
9. Mike Leake, P
1. David Peralta, LF
2. A.J. Pollock, CF
3. Jake Lamb, 3B
4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
5. J.D. Martinez, RF
6. Daniel Descalso, 2B
7. Ketel Marte, SS
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Zack Greinke, P