Author: D.J. Short

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: People gather where a woman was seriously injured by a broken base bat during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on June 5, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Fan hit by broken bat is in “serious but stable” condition, expected to survive


A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was struck in the head by a shard of a broken bat in the second inning of last night’s Athletics-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Here’s the latest on her condition, via Laura Krantz of the Boston Globe:

According to Krantz’s report at the Boston Globe, Boston police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire said that Carpenter “is expected to survive.” We here at HardballTalk will continue to send positive thoughts.

Here’s a statement from the Red Sox:

Ryan Braun back in lineup after missing two games following thumb procedure

DETROIT, MI - MAY 20:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on during batting practice prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 20, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Brewers 5-2.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup this afternoon against the Twins after missing two games following another cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb.

Braun initially had the procedure in October, which involves exposing a nerve in his thumb to sub-zero temperatures. This week’s follow-up was essentially pre-planned maintenance aimed at keeping him close to 100 percent as the season moves along. The Brewers were originally hoping that he’d be able to return to the lineup Sunday, so that he’s back sooner than expected is good news about how he’s feeling.

Braun, 31, is batting .258/.332/.489 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI over 52 games this season. He struggled out of the gate, but has hit 11 home runs with a .960 OPS over his last 33 games.

Salvador Perez hopes to renegotiate his bargain contract with the Royals

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 12:  Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

After playing 39 games as a rookie in 2011, Salvador Perez agreed to a five-year, $7 million extension with the Royals in February of 2012. The contract includes three club options which could have the deal max out at $26.5 million through 2019. Perez has turned out to be arguably the best bargain in the game, but he now has regrets about signing the extension and tells Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that he hopes to renegotiate the deal.

“I had nothing,” Perez said. “That’s the problem, you know? Where I’m coming from, they’re talking about a million dollars. And I don’t got nobody in that moment to explain to me how it’s going to be or how high it could be. I don’t know what arbitration is. I don’t know free agency. After I signed the deal, I heard from a lot of players, ‘Why you doing that? You don’t know what kind of player you are.’ ”

It sounds like Perez might have had some bad guidance here, but the risk was shared from both sides. That was a big chunk of change to guarantee someone with very little in the way of service time. It’s worth remembering that Perez suffered a torn meniscus in his knee months after signing the extension in 2012. If for some reason he was never the same or failed to meet expectations, he would still have $7 million guaranteed. You can understand where he’s coming from with the way things have played out, but the Royals also gambled on the future here.

Despite all that, it seems that Perez’s concerns aren’t falling on deaf ears. Passan hears from a club source that the Royals plan to talk to Perez “in the near future” about a new deal. He already looks like a long-term building block, so it could make sense to restructure the contract somewhat and tack on a couple more years in order to make him happy. Then again, if no new deal is reached and the Royals exercise all three of the club options as currently constructed, Perez would be eligible for free agency after his age-29 season. There might be a mega-deal waiting for him if he can stay healthy and productive.

Perez, 25, has compiled a .284/.311/.432 batting line over his first 452 games in the majors. He’s already a two-time All-Star and has won two Gold Glove Awards for his defense behind the plate.