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Yanks' Merrill hit by thrown ball in BP

Yanks' Merrill hit by thrown ball in BP

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees special advisor Stump Merrill was struck with a thrown ball during batting practice on Wednesday. The former manager was removed from the field on a stretcher.

Merrill was hit just above the left lip and was conscious and breathing when taken to Bayfront Medical Center, a Yankees spokesman said. Gene Monahan, the Yankees' head athletic trainer, went to the hospital with Merrill.

Batting practice halted for several minutes as an ambulance was called. Merrill then received a standing ovation from the crowd at Progress Energy Park, where the Yankees were scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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