The Tampa Bay Rays have added extra protective netting at Tropicana Field following an incident that left one fan injured on Friday.
The unidentified woman was seated in the second row near the Rays on-deck circle on the first-base side when Steven Souza Jr. fouled off a 97-mph pitch from Chris Sale that slipped through a small opening in the netting and stuck her near the left eye.
The fan was tended to at her seat for several minutes, which delayed the start of the eighth inning. She was eventually taken from the stadium on a stretcher and transported to a nearby hosptial, where she's reportedly listed in stable condition.
Given the seriousness of the incident, the Rays are taking no further chances before Saturday's game. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, they installed an extra portion of protective netting overnight that should prevent another baseball from slipping through that sameRead More »from Rays wisely add more protective netting following injury to fan