A scary scene is unfolding in Lakeland, Florida right now following Blue Jays reliever T.J. House being hit in the head with a comebacker.
According to those in attendance, House was hit by a line drive off the bat of Tigers catcher John Hicks that hit his head/facial area and caromed 30 feet in the air. Trainers and doctors surrounded House and attended to him for several minutes. He laid flat on the ground on his stomach for most of that time. Eventually an ambulance came out onto the field and took him away. As he was being loaded in he did give the thumbs-up signal to the crowd, so hopefully that means he’s OK.
Obviously we’ll update you if and when we get further information. In the meantime, keep a good thought for T.J. House.
UPDATE: There’s no update on House’s current condition, but he was apparently bleeding pretty profusely after being hit. He never lost consciousness, however, so that’s a good sign.
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.