Reliever Marshall recounts near-death injury, rapid recovery

PHOENIX (AP) Three weeks after he took a line drive to the face that nearly killed him, relief pitcher Evan Marshall was back at Chase Field on Tuesday night, hugging his teammates and recounting what so far has been a remarkably fast recovery.

Marshall, pitching for Triple-A Reno, was on the mound in El Paso on Aug. 4 when a line drive traveling an estimated 105 mph struck him in the right side of the face.

The 25-year-old right-hander was able to walk off but started getting sick in the dugout. Within minutes, he was in a hospital, where a scan was taken that showed a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

By his own account, Marshall was within minutes of dying.

Now he is out of the hospital and talking about pitching again - this season. His doctor says next year is more realistic.