It’s not often that play stops even for a few minutes during a Major League Baseball game as players check on a fan.
But during the Royals’ game Wednesday against the Yankees in New York, players from both teams looked on with concern after a young boy was hit in the head with part of a broken bat.
The Royals’ Matt Strahm had just taken over for Jason Hammel in the bottom of the seventh inning when Chris Carter stepped to the plate. Carter hit a grounder to second baseman Whit Merrifield, but Carter’s bat broke and part of the bat went into the stands and apparently struck the young fan.
According to the New York Post, the boy received medical treatment at the stadium, “but the Yankees, because of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act) rules, didn’t comment on the extent of the injury.”
During the Royals’ broadcast on Fox Sports Kansas City, the announcers said the boy appeared to have crutches with him. The boy was carried away from his seat by a stadium medical worker.
“You never want to have something like that happen to a kid or anyone in general,” Carter told reporters after the game. “I guess the good side of it is the square part of the bat didn’t pierce him or anything like that. So I hope he’s OK.
“Once I figure out what happened to the kid, where they’re at, hopefully I can get a hold of him. Hopefully it’s not too bad.”
This likely wouldn’t have happened at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals extended the safety netting at the stadium ahead of the 2016 season.
Forbes’ Maury Brown tweeted that nine teams have extended safety netting at their stadiums: the Royals, Rangers, Nationals, Twins, Cardinals, Phillies, Pirates, Braves and Astros.