06/11/2002 6:31 pm ET
Update on Nick Bierbrodt (with audio)
Rays pitcher Nick Bierbrodt has been upgraded to good condition and has been transferred out of the intensive care unit at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He also was able to eat his first meal today since he was wounded early Friday morning. Bierbrodt was a shooting victim early Friday morning that left him with wounds to his right arm and chest.
Nick's attending physician Dr. David Cole was available via conference call at 5 p.m. today (listen below to conference call). The Rays will have a large get-well card for fans to sign at gate 1 starting tonight. Those who would like to pass a get-well message on to Nick may also do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick himself also issued a statement.
"First, I would like to thank all of the incredible people who went above and beyond the call of duty to have helped me through this ordeal: My mom and the entire family, my good friends Tim and Leila, the Devil Rays organization, especially Dan Plante and the rest of the Charleston staff, the excellent attending physicians and nurses, and my agents Doug Schaer and Jeff Liebster. To my sisters, teammates and many wonderful friends, your love and support is inspirational. I promise that I will be up, around and back on the hill soon."
Conference call with Nick's attending physician (Real Audio format): 56K | 300K