Boy struck by foul ball at Indians game released from hospital, shows no signs of serious injury

Progressive Field
Posted at 3:56 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 15:56:28-04

CLEVELAND — The 3-year-old boy who was struck with a foul ball during the Indians home game on July 21 was released from the hospital on Sunday and shows no signs of serious injury, according to an Indians news release.

The boy who was struck was released following a medical examination and review, the release states.

“The family would like to thank the entire Indians organization, the usher on the scene immediately, the Cleveland Clinic medical staff at Progressive Field, Physicians Ambulance and the Cleveland MetroHealth trauma center for the great care and support during this situation,” the release states. “The Indians organization and Francisco Lindor are very thankful Henry is doing well.”

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was at-bat in the sixth inning when he hit a foul ball into the crowd just past the edge of the netting by first base, which then struck the boy.

Lindor looked distraught as he took an extra few minutes before heading back to the plate.

The boy was transported to a nearby hospital by private transport.

Following the game, Lindor spoke to the press and encouraged MLB teams to extend the netting for the safety of fans and to prevent situations like this one.

“It sucks. I encourage every MLB team to put the nets all the way down. I know it’s all about the fans’ experience of interacting with players and I completely get that. You want to have that interaction with the fans, getting autographs and stuff, but at the end of the day we want to make sure everybody comes out of this game healthy and we gotta do something about it.” Lindor said. “It sucks. Everybody feels bad, and if we can put the nets a little bit further down I think it would be a lot better.”

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