According to Greg Garno of MLB.com, a fan was struck by a foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Braves and Cubs at Wrigley Field and transferred to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The fan, who was seated behind the camera well on the first base side, was hit by a foul ball of the bat of Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. Play was stopped as the fan was attended to by medics and eventually taken away on a stretcher. According to the Cubs, the fan was conscious.
The incident occurred just two days a fan was hit by a foul ball in Detroit, which caused Justin Verlander to voice his support for extending protective netting in MLB stadiums.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.