Status of fan injured at Fenway upgraded to 'good'
By Alec Shirkey
BOSTON - The condition of Tonya Carpenter, the fan struck by a broken bat during Friday's game between the A's and Red Sox at Fenway Park, improved to "good" on Thursday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Carpenter's family released a statement on Monday afternoon, when her status was upgraded from serious to fair.
"Tonya is responsive, and her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair," Monday's statement read. "We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, especially the fans at Fenway Park, first responders, Boston EMS, Boston Police and her care team at Beth Israel Deaconess."
Carpenter's family has remained by her side and has requested privacy as she recovers.
Carpenter had been in serious condition for three days following her admission to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Friday night. Her injury occurred when A's third baseman Brett Lawrie's broken bat went flying into the box seats near home plate in the second inning.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Lawrie's thoughts have been with Carpenter and her family in the days since the incident. Lawrie sent flowers and a card to Carpenter in the hospital.
Before the 2015 MLB Draft on Monday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters that the league plans on re-evaluating fan safety at stadiums across the country.
The Red Sox shared similar sentiments in a statement released Monday night:
"All of us with the Boston Red Sox continue to extend our best wishes to Tonya Carpenter, who was injured by a broken bat at Friday night's game," the statement read. "The well-being of Tonya and her loved ones are forefront in our minds.
"Major League Baseball will re-examine fan safety at ballparks, and we will fully participate in that process."
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.