Girl hit by ball at Yankee Stadium faces ‘long’ recovery, relative says
The little girl hit in the head by a foul ball during Wednesday’s game at Yankee Stadium faces a “long” recovery process, a relative told the New York Post on Friday.
“She’s stable. It’s going to be a long process,” said the relative, who declined to provide his name.
The girl, believed to be approximately two years old, remains at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital nearly two days after the incident, which occurred during the bottom of the 5th inning in Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
Believed to be attending the game with her grandparents, she was seated along the third-base line when she was hit in the head by a 105-mph line-drive foul ball off the bat of Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier.
Players, including Frazier, appeared extremely shaken up as the little girl received treatment in the stands. Frazier got teary eyed in the clubhouse after the game, saying it was ” tough to watch” and “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.”
There have been no other official updates on the girl’s condition, either from the family or the hospital.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, in the wake of the troubling incident, has vowed the league will “redouble our efforts” concerning the extension of protecting netting at ballparks, per Ken Rosenthal.
In the aftermath of the girl’s injuries, four MLB teams have announced plans to add additional protective netting at their respective ballparks.