Report: Woman knocked out by foul ball
A female fan was taken out on a stretcher at Osceola Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday after she was knocked out by a foul ball off the bat of Baltimore Orioles first baseman Jake Fox, MLB.com reported.
Adding to the drama, her husband fainted as she was being taken to an Orlando hospital, a witness said, while the incident caused a 15-minute stoppage in the game against the Houston Astros.
Fox hit the line drive down the left-field line in the top of the seventh inning, the ball striking the unidentified woman in the head, near her right eye.
"It was real scary," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "I know the game stopped, but our hearts stopped, too."
The woman was sitting near the Astros bullpen, and catcher Carlos Corporan saw the ball hit her, adding she was not watching play at the time because she was conversing with her husband.
"They were talking to each other, and somebody yelled, ‘Watch out!’" said Corporan. "She turned right as the ball hit her in the eye. As soon as the ball hit her, she passed out. She had a really bad cut in the eye."
Corporan said the woman regained consciousness and was responding to paramedics when she was on the stretcher. The extent of her injuries were unknown.
"If you’re going to come to the ballpark, you can have fun, but you have to pay attention or the ball can kill somebody," Corporan warned. "It could be a really sad moment, you know? It was really, really hard today."
On Wednesday, Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar suffered numerous facial fractures after being knocked out by a line drive. He has since undergone two surgeries to repair the damage.