Fan struck by bat expected to survive
BOSTON — A fan hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park is expected to survive after suffering life-threatening injuries during a game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Officer Rachel McGuire said Saturday that the woman is recovering.
Tonya Carpenter was struck in the head by the broken bat of Oakland’s Brett Lawrie. Carpenter is in serious condition, her family said in a statement.
“Tonya’s family and loved ones are grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers but are requesting privacy at this time as Tonya recovers,” Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said in a statement.
Carpenter had posted a Facebook photo from the game earlier in the evening. A longtime friend, Sheila Hokhanson of Charlton, Mass., liked the post and said Carpenter was there with her son and a friend.
“They were just going to a game,” Hokhanson said in a telephone interview.
There was a moment of reflection for Carpenter at Fenway Park before Saturday’s game between the A’s and Red Sox. Lawrie was out of the lineup, but Manager Bob Melvin said it was because of a back issue, not because of any psychological effects after the incident.
Friday night’s game was halted in the second inning as emergency crews tended to a bloodied Carpenter and wheeled her off the field on a stretcher.
Lawrie broke his bat on a grounder, and part of it hurtled a few rows into the seats between the backstop and Oakland’s dugout on the third base side.
AlexMerlis, of Brookline, Mass., said he was sitting in the row behind Carpenter.
“It was violent,” he said of the impact to her forehead and top of her head. “She bled a lot. A lot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that.”