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Royals fan hit in head by foul ball

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 18:42:13-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A fan was hit by a foul ball in the 7th inning of Saturday Night's Royals game, and medical staff recommended she get checked out at a hospital.

Royals Vice President of Publicity, Toby Cook, said a woman who was with members of her 40th high school reunion celebration was sitting in section 115 when a foul ball hit by Cleveland's Greg Allen hit her on the right side of the head.

First aid staff attended to the woman in her seat, and then in the first aid facility.

She didn't complain of any serious injury, but first aid recommended she get checked out at the hospital.

Because her party had taken an Uber to the stadium, the Royals arranged for a taxi to take her to a local hospital.

Many have called on Major League Baseball to extend the netting at ballparks across the country, as more fans are being hit by foul balls.

The Chicago White Sox became the first team in MLB to extend netting from foul pole to foul pole just last week.

The Washington Nationals extended their netting last week as well, and plans are also underway in Texas and in LA.

But the Royals were among the first teams in Major League Baseball when they extended protective netting above both dugouts in 2016.

Cook says the Royals are also completing a study to fit the expanded netting to Kauffman Stadium, per MLB regulations, regarding the field of play, and expect the expansion to take place in the next several weeks, possibly before the season ends.