Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a woman was grazed in the arm by a stray bullet during Tuesday night’s Cardinals game inside Busch Stadium.
The kicker: the bullet was allegedly fired near the 14th Street and Chouteau Avenue area, which is a little less than a mile away from the stadium, but across Interstate 64 and several city blocks. Police believe the bullet was fired into the air.
The woman felt something painful hit her arm, looked down and saw an abrasion. The bullet was found near her seat when she was being attended to.
Folks: no matter what you see in the movies, don’t fire guns in the air. The bullets go up, yes, but they also come down. Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.