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.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.