A baseball fan was taken to hospital after she was struck and injured by a foul ball at a White Sox game in Chicago, amid growing concerns about the safety of MLB venues.
The woman appeared to be bleeding around her head after a line drive by White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez flew into the stands and hit her during the fourth inning.
Emergency personnel were seen covering her face with a towel while other spectators at the Guaranteed Rate Field seemed concerned for her welfare.
The unfortunate moment compounded a miserable night for the White Sox, who lost 12-1 to the Washington Nationals in the American League Central.
The female supporter was taken to hospital but was ‘communicative’, a White Sox spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The injury will put renewed focus on safety at MLB venues after Chicago Cubs player Albert Almora injured a young girl with a foul ball two weeks ago.
Almora was visibly upset after his own line drive collided with the toddler during a game in Houston.
It took several minutes for Almora to compose himself and continue the at-bat.
The girl’s panicked father was seen rushing his screaming four-year-old daughter up the stairs and out of the stands.
In an emotional interview after the game, Almora, who has two sons, said he was ‘speechless’ when the stadium went silent after the girl was hit.
‘I’m speechless. I’m at a loss of words. Being a father to two boys… I want to put a net around the whole stadium.
‘This puts life in perspective. We get upset if we make errors and then this, life just you know put things in perspective.’
All 30 major league clubs have netting behind the plate, stretching past the dugout on each side.
Several clubs expanded their safety netting after a number of fans were injured by foul balls in 2017.
But it is not required to reach all the way to the pole, meaning that some foul balls can still threaten supporters.
At Yankee Stadium in May 2017, a boy was struck on the head by a portion of Chris Carter’s broken bat.
A fan sitting beyond the first base dugout was hit by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Aaron Judge in July of that year.
And in September, a young girl was injured by another 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier and was hospitalized.
Nonetheless, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred does not expect teams to extend protective netting at stadiums this season.
‘It’s very difficult given how far the clubs have gone with the netting to make changes during the year,’ he said.