Fan hit by bat at Fenway Park released from hospital, in good condition

Friday June 12th, 2015

A fan seriously injured by the shattered remains of a bat that flew into the stands at Fenway Park earlier this month has been released from the hospital, according to

Tonya Carpenter has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility and continues to be in "good condition," which she was updated to Thursday. 

"Ms. Carpenter's recovery so far has been excellent," Carpenter's neurosurgeon, Dr. Efstathios​ Papavassiliou said in a statement Friday.

"She's getting stronger every day, and we've seen tremendous progress. We're confident she's ready to move forward with the next phase of her care."

On Monday, Carpenter's condition was upgraded from "Serious" to "Fair."

Fan at Fenway Park hit by broken bat taken to hospital with serious injuries

During the second inning of the June 5 game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics, A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie broke his bat while hitting a ground ball.

A shard of the bat flew into the stands and struck Carpenter in the head. She was sitting on the third-base side of the ballpark beyond the protective backstop netting.

Carpenter was transported out of Fenway Park on a stretcher to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Her injuries had initially been described as life threatening. 

Multiple reports from the June 5 game described a large amount blood in the area where Carpenter was sitting, and described her screaming in pain as medical personnel and fans attended to her.

- Will Green

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