come·​back·​er | \ ˈkəm-ˌba-kər How to pronounce comebacker (audio) \

Definition of comebacker

: a grounder in baseball hit directly to the pitcher

Examples of comebacker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nick Solak then hit a comebacker to Brooks, but his throw home was uncatchable, allowing Choo to score. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Rangers score six in first, send Orioles to fourth straight loss, 9-4," 8 Sep. 2019 Bumgarner was nailed near his left triceps by a 98.3-mph comebacker off the bat of Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez. Jenna West,, "Madison Bumgarner Exits Game After Getting Drilled Above Left Elbow," 6 July 2019 Another Houston hit came when Springer sent a comebacker off reliever Joe Ross’ left foot in the eighth. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC," 25 Oct. 2019 Soto’s night began by getting hit by a comebacker, which deflected off his leg and into shallow left field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Gregory Soto's rocket arm could be weapon in Detroit Tigers bullpen," 13 July 2019 Another Houston hit came when Springer sent a comebacker off reliever Joe Ross’ left foot in the eighth. Washington Post, "Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1," 26 Oct. 2019 In the sixth, Duffy was hit in the lower left leg by Tommy La Stella’s comebacker. Jill Painter Lopez, The Seattle Times, "Duffy pitches Royals past Angels 5-1 for 3rd straight win," 19 May 2019 The righthander was struck by a comebacker during an appearance against the Angels on July 18 but tried to pitch through the discomfort. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros activate reliever Ryan Pressly from injured list," 9 Aug. 2019 The second-year starter fanned eight batters Wednesday and allowed just two runs but exited after 102 pitches (67 strikes) over 5 1/3 innings following a Vogelbach comebacker off his leg. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres fall in Seattle, still searching for first second-half series win," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of comebacker

1954, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2019

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“Comebacker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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