Baseball Two weeks after suffering a fractured skull when he was hit in the head by a line drive, Diamondbacks minor-league reliever Evan Marshall could be released from the hospital this week.Marshall told the Arizona Republic in a text message Sunday that he is "doing well" and

is hoping to be out of Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix as soon as Tuesday. The 25-year-old was moved to the facility last week from a hospital in El Paso, where he was injured in a Triple-A game on Aug. 4. MORE: Baseball's nine most fan-friendly contractsDoctors had to perform surgery to relieve swelling on Marshall's brain, but the pitcher told the Republic he has been working out and hasn't experienced any typical post-concussion symptoms. He took a big step forward Sunday when doctors removed 20 staples that had been securing an incision along the side of his head. Marshall opened the season with Arizona but was sent to Triple-A Reno after allowing nine earned runs in 13 1/3 innings to start the year. His struggles continued in Reno, where he posted a 6.40 ERA in 31 relief appearances. But the Diamondbacks are just happy he is expected to recover fully after a potentially life-threatening injury.“We’re very, very encouraged with how things are going,” general manager Dave Stewart told the Republic. “He’s starting to socialize with his teammates a little bit more, text messaging, talking on the phone. You talk to the doctors, it was touch-and-go when it first happened. We’re happy that he’s around.”