Condition of fan hit by broken bat upgraded to fair
BOSTON (AP) The condition of the woman hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park has been upgraded to fair.
The family of Tonya Carpenter issued a statement Monday that said: ''Tonya is responsive, and her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.''
Carpenter, 44, of Paxton, suffered what police initially said were life-threatening injuries during Friday night's game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics. She was struck in the head in the second inning when the bat of Oakland's Brett Lawrie broke and sailed into the seats along the third-base line when he hit a ground ball.
She is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where her condition was listed as serious on Saturday and Sunday.
The Red Sox said Monday her well-being is ''forefront in our minds.''
In the wake of Carpenter's injury, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball will re-evaluate fan safety at stadiums.
''When you have an issue like this, an incident like this, you have to go back and re-evaluate where you are on all of your safety issues and trust me, we will do that. Just like we are on a variety of issues right now at the beginning of my tenure,'' Manfred said Monday night at the amateur draft in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The Red Sox said they will ''fully participate'' in the process.
Manfred, in his first year as commissioner, was asked if MLB will consider requiring clubs to extend the protective netting beyond the area directly behind home plate.
''There's a variety of issues that we're going to take a fresh look at,'' he said. ''You have to react strongly to an incident like this, but I think the best word for it is that we're going to re-evaluate where we are on the topic.''