Rays close up netting area; fan in stable condition
Woman was struck by foul ball off bat of Souza during Friday's game
By Mike Nabors
Special to MLB.com |
ST. PETERSBURG -- A scary moment inside Tropicana Field on Friday night has all parties still trying to sort through things a day later.
In the seventh inning of Friday's game against the White Sox, a 63-year-old female was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. She was subsequently carried off on a stretcher and the game was delayed 12 minutes. She spent the night at St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Center, where her condition remains stable.
The team has made adjustments by closing the netting on the once open triangle area, which is positioned to the left of the Rays' dugout in front of the lower box seats. A foul ball finding its way through that opening was a long shot, but it did on Friday.