LOS ANGELES — A woman at Dodger Stadium was struck in the head by a foul ball Sunday but was expected to recover.
The incident happened during the first inning of the team’s game against the Colorado Rockies when Los Angeles star, Cody Bellinger was at the plate. The woman was taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.
The unidentified woman was sitting four rows from the field down the first base line Sunday, just beyond protective netting that extends to the end of the visiting dugout. She was hit by a sharp line drive by Bellinger.
Bellinger checked on her between innings. She initially remained in her seat and was given an ice pack, but she left about 15 minutes later for further attention.
A first-aid person who treated the woman said that the fan was taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary tests, but was alert and answering questions.
Bellinger said he would be in favor of the netting being extended further down the lines at Dodger Stadium.
“I would assume that would be a smart decision just to protect those fans in the front row that don’t have the reaction time,” Bellinger said.
Last August, a 79-year-old woman, Linda Goldbloom, died after being hit in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium. Deaths resulting was from acute intracranial hemorrhage and blunt force trauma, as per the coroner listed.
After several fans were injured by foul balls two years ago, all 30 major league stadiums expanded their netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts at the start of the 2018 season.
Fan safety has received further scrutiny after a young girl in Houston was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. during a game on May 29.
The Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals recently announced that they will extend their netting to the foul poles.