Marlins RHP Ramon Del Orbe Will Need Surgery

Ramon Del Orbe

Ramon Del Orbe (Photo by Mike Janes)

Marlins righthander Ramon Del Orbe is scheduled to have surgery to relieve pressure and swelling as he recovers from a Josh Bell line drive that struck him in the head during the sixth inning of a game Tuesday night in the South Atlantic League.

Del Orbe, pitching for low Class A Greensboro, suffered multiple skull fractures. Del Orbe was rushed to a Charleston, W.Va., hospital where he has been kept in intensive care under observation. Initially it was thought that Del Orbe would not need surgery, but according to a Marlins official, doctors decided Wednesday morning that surgery was needed. It’s expected the surgery will take roughly two hours.

Del Orbe, signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008, is 5-8. 4.75 for Greensboro this year in 23 starts.