Tuesday April 28th, 2015

A bat from Chicago Cubs' prospect Addison Russell flew out of his hands during a swing and careened into the Wrigley Field stands on Monday, injuring a fan who was seated near Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, according to the Associated Press

The fan was removed from the stadium on a stretcher after being hit by the bat in the bottom of the seventh inning along the lower third base line. 

Ricketts helped attend to the fan, the AP reported, asking the Cubs' dugout for ice and a towel. 

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The game was Russell's first regular season game at Wrigley Field. The team called up the star prospect, who was ranked the No. 5 overall prospect in baseball at the time by MLB.com, on April 21. 

The fan injury accident was the second involving a Cubs infielder in the past eight days. On April 20, a foul ball from Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro hit a fan in the head at Pittsburgh's PNC Park during a game. The game was delayed was 23 minutes while the fan was attended to. 

Russell has three hits in 22 plate appearances for the Cubs so far this season. Oakland drafted Russell with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft.



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