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Tampa Bay Rays' Class Double-A pitching coach shot

Bill Moloney, the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Rays' Double-A affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., was shot in the thigh Monday night during an apparent mugging at his apartment complex.

Moloney was shot around 11:30 p.m. after Montgomery's game with the Mississippi Braves, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. He also suffered facial injuries, Biscuits manager Billy Gardner said.

Moloney's injuries are not considered overly serious, as he received six stitches above his left eye, and has to stay off his feet until the gunshot wound starts to heal. He could be back on the job within a week. Roving pitching instructor Dick Bosman was already in Montgomery on assignment and it would seem logical that he would stay to handle Moloney's duties.

The Rays released this statement: "Bill is in good spirits and resting comfortably at his home in Montgomery and hopes to return to the Biscuits soon. The Rays organization is grateful for the care he received from police, paramedics and the staff at Jackson Hospital."

Said the Biscuits: "The Biscuits are saddened to hear about the unfortunate incident regarding pitching coach, Bill Moloney, last night. Moloney is at home resting and beginning his recovery. We ask that the Montgomery community keep Bill in their thoughts."

Moloney, 56, is in his second season with the Biscuits, and his fifth in the Rays organization.

According to the Advertiser, police said two unknown people approached Moloney, produced a handgun and demanded property. He was struck with the handgun and shot once in the upper thigh before the two subjects fled, said Sgt. Donna Mackey, a police spokeswoman.

The investigation is continuing, and no further information was available by Tuesday morning, Mackey said.

Moloney and other Montgomery coaches live in the same apartment complex in east Montgomery.

Tampa Bay Rays' Class Double-A pitching coach shot 06/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 3:44pm]
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