Fan struck by ball at White Sox game released from hospital
A woman struck by a foul ball during Monday’s game at Guaranteed Rate Field has been released from the hospital, according to a Chicago White Sox spokesperson.
The woman was sitting just beyond the tarp beyond the third base dugout several rows up when she was struck by a line-drive foul ball off the bat of White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez during the fourth inning.
The extent of her injuries were unknown, but she appeared to be bleeding from the head area and had a towel covering the injured area. She was later assisted from her seat by ballpark personnel.
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White Sox senior vice president of communication Scott Riefert indicated the woman was well enough to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.
“She came back here with her friend and picked up her car this morning,” Reifert said, via an AP report. “We’ve left a couple of messages for her — we always reach out — and we haven’t heard back.”
Monday’s incident is the second such instance in matter of weeks of a person requiring hospitalization after being struck by a foul ball at a major league ballpark. A young girl was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Alvin Amora Jr. during a game in late May.
The fallout from the frightening Almora incident has renewed calls for Major League Baseball to enact more policies that reinforce already-existing protocol that will better ensure the safety of fans attending games, including extending the netting further up both sides of the field.
“The security and safety of our fans is important,” Reifert said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “We made the steps we did. There are a lot of seats behind nettings where if people are coming with young kids or it’s an important concern of theirs, they should absolutely at the ticket windows ask and we’ll accommodate them as best we can with seats they know will be protected.”