Fan hit by Hamilton's flying bat seems OK

Fan hit by Hamilton's flying bat seems OK

Fan hit by Hamilton's flying bat seems OK
DETROIT -- A fan sitting near the Rangers' dugout was struck by Josh Hamilton's flying bat in the sixth inning on Tuesday, but he appeared to avoid serious injury.

When Hamilton swung and missed at a Doug Fister offering in the Rangers' 5-2 loss to the Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park, the bat sailed into the stands, striking the fan in the front row. Two pitches later, Hamilton flied out to right fielder Andy Dirks for the second out of the inning.

While there was no official update on the fan's condition, he appeared to be OK. He was evaluated by medical personnel and remained at the game.

Hamilton was involved in a different situation with a fan in early July, when Shannon Stone, a Brownwood, Texas, firefighter, leaned over a left-field railing at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington attempting to catch a ball thrown by Hamilton and died as a result of injuries sustained in a 20-foot fall.

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