PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- An Evan Longoria swing ended with his bat flying into the stands on the third-base side of the field at Charlotte Sports Park in yesterday's split-squad game against the Pirates. Unfortunately, one fan could not get out of the way of the airborne lumber and was struck.
The unnamed fan received medical attention for the rest of the Rays' turn at bat. Once the Rays took the field, Longoria showed his concern by walking toward the stands while the fan was carted away on a stretcher before being transported to Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.
Longoria and manager Kevin Cash visited the family after the game.
"That's a traumatic thing that took place," Cash said. "We kind of arrived there and the family got there, probably 30 seconds before we got there. So they were trying to explain exactly what happened to some of the family members. But what little information we had, it seemed to be more optimistic [about the fan's condition]."
Cash said they did not get to speak to the man since he was sleeping.
"I met his wife and his daughter and a friend or a brother," Cash said. "You feel for the family that their dad goes to the game, or your husband, they don't know what happend. It's just kind of random to say your dad got hit with a bat today. So I can imagine what was going through their minds a little bit."
The Rays did not have any additional information on the fan's condition.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.