Fan hit by foul ball in Detroit; Justin Verlander stumps in favor of protective netting


A fan at Comerica Park in Detroit was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose during the bottom of the eighth inning of Friday night’s game against the Rangers. The game was delayed for seven minutes while the woman was given medical attention, as ESPN’s Katie Strang and The Associated Press report.

Strang tweeted that the fan was given a neck brace and taken off in a stretcher. She was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital. She was alert and conscious.

Verlander tweeted after the game, showing his support for Major League Baseball increasing protective netting at the ballpark:

Strang adds context:

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

Denis Poroy/Getty Images
1 Comment

Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.