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Report: Girl struck by ball at Yankee Stadium remains in hospital

The girl struck by a baseball at Yankee Stadium during Wednesday’s game remains hospitalized Thursday, per a New York Post report.

The unidentified girl, believed to be two years old, was seated along the third-base line when she was hit in the head by a line-drive foul ball of the bat of Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier during the bottom of the 5th inning. An eyewitness told NJ.com she was struck in the mouth.

According to the Post report, she remains at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, nearly 24 hours after the incident. An unidentified woman said the girl “in my prayers” while entering the hospital. No updates concerning the girl’s status have been released by the hospital.

The Yankees have issued a statement that reads: “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be centered around our young fan and her family. We remain in direct contact with her family and the hospital, and we will provide any and all assistance that may be necessary.”

The girl, who was reportedly attending the game with her grandparents, was carried out of the stands and transported from the stadium by stretcher to be taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She presumably was later transferred to New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at a later time.

Frazier, who was clearly and understandably shaken by the incident, mostly remained on his knees as the girl was treated in the stands. After the game, Frazier was teary-eyed as he discussed the horrible event.

“It was terrible. I was shaken up,” Frazier said, via NJ.com. “I don’t know what happened. I just hope she’s alright. It’s tough to watch. It’s tough to be a part of, honestly.”

A man leaving the hospital Wednesday night who identified himself as the girl’s father said his daughter is “doing OK,” and “knows she got hit with a baseball.”

“She’s doing alright, just keep her in your thoughts,” the girl’s father also told WABC-TV.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has vowed the league will “redouble our efforts” concerning the extension of protecting netting at ballparks, per Ken Rosenthal.