Fan who was hit in head by foul ball released from hospital

BY foxsports • April 20, 2015

A woman was hit in the back of the head by a foul ball in Monday night's Cubs-Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The woman was standing in the first row behind home plate with her back toward the field when Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled a ball straight back against the protective screen. The ball was hit with such force that it struck the fan. She immediately collapsed grabbing her head.

After initial treatment by PNC Park and Pittsburgh EMS personnel, she was placed on a stretcher, moved to a nearby ambulance and brought to the hospital for further treatment.

"She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a 'thumbs up' gesture to nearby fans," the Pirates said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her."

The game was delayed 23 minutes while she received medical attention.

On Tuesday morning, the Pirates announced that the fan was released from the hospital after undergoing tests. 

In a statement, the Pirates said: "We are extremely grateful for this positive outcome. The organization is in the process of reaching out to her to show our support. Due to privacy laws, we will not reveal the name of the fan, nor additional details at this time. We wish to thank the PNC Park personnel and fellow fans who were on the scene at the time, as well as the Pittsburgh EMS for their quick response."

Click here for video of the incident, though it may be uncomfortable for some.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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