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Koch recuperating after hit in head

Monday, August 26, 2013

Matt Koch, right, and his father Scott are pictured at a University of Louisville baseball game. Matt pitched for the Cardinals until his junior year, when he was drafted by the New York Mets. Photo contributed
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Cherokee Washington High graduate Matt Koch, a 2012 third-round pick for Major League Baseball's New York Mets, is recovering at home after being struck in the head last week by a line drive while pitching for the Class A Savannah. Ga. Sand Gnats.

Koch was released from the hospital Monday, three days after getting struck with a line drive in the head while pitching for Savannah against Mario Martinez.

Koch's brother Jared of Cherokee flew out the day of the fateful game and picked Matt up at the hospital in Greenville, S.C., and drove him back to Savannah. His mother Deb of Cherokee has been staying with Matt while he recovers.

Koch, who sustained a concussion and bleeding on the brain, according to family members, has several upcoming follow-up doctor appointments and will not pitch again this season, according to a Mets official. The season ends in September.

Selected out of the University of Louisville last year, Koch is 6-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts) for the Gnats this season.

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