ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry is waking up from a medically-induced coma at an Orlando hospital after suffering from a seizure and collapsed lung during a routine medical procedure, according to a source close to the Marksberry family.
The 26-year-old pitcher was removed from life support and is breathing on his own, sources said Thursday evening.
Marksberry went to the hospital Tuesday for a colonoscopy because of severe stomach issues he had been suffering from for more than a week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
During the procedure, Marksberry had a seizure and his lung collapsed. He was put on life support, and doctors put him under a medical-induced coma, according to sources close to the family. Marksberry's brother, Eric Marksberry, also posted on his Facebook page that Marksberry was on life support.
Marksberry's family has traveled from their home in Ohio to be with him in the hospital.
At about 5 p.m. Thursday, a source with knowledge of the situation said that Marksberry was waking up from the coma and that it could take a couple days for him to be fully awake.
Eric Marksberry posted on his Facebook Thursday afternoon that doctors had removed the Endotracheal tube and were waiting for Marksberry to wake up.
Nolan McBride, who played baseball at Campbell with Marksberry, posted on his Facebook that Marksberry's breathing tube had been removed and his former teammate was breathing on his own.
A Braves spokesman released a statement confirming Marksberry's hospitalization: "Matt was admitted to an Orlando-area hospital Tuesday night due to severe dehydration. He is still in the hospital and under physicians care."
On Monday, the 26-year-old asked his Twitter followers for prayers for a "Non baseball related" injury.
I don't want to sound selfish but I really could use some prayers for my health right now. Non baseball related. Thank you guys— Matt Marksberry (@SirLEFTYDuro) October 17, 2016
The Braves spokesman said Marksberry was sent to the minor leagues the first week of October and is currently in a state of limbo as to whether he will be resigned with the Atlanta Braves.
Marksberry made his MLB debut in 2015. He played four games at the major league level in 2016. He pitched 3.1 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. He spent majority of the season at Triple-A Gwinnett. He was put on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
He was drafted in 2013 by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round.
Marksberry is from Cincinnati and played college baseball at Campbell University.
Alec McQuade and Tiffany McCall contributed to this story.
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