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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 upgraded to fair condition

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Good news to pass along here on Tonya Carpenter, the fan who was struck in the head by a shard of a broken bat at Fenway Park during Friday’s Athletics-Red Sox game. Via Alec Shirkey of MLB.com, the family released the following statement earlier this afternoon:

“Tonya is responsive, and her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair,” the statement read. “We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, especially the fans at Fenway Park, first responders, Boston EMS, Boston Police and her care team at Beth Israel Deaconess.”

Carpenter was admitted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Friday with life-threatening injuries. Her condition was listed as serious throughout the weekend. Here’s hoping the news continues to get better.

Bryce Harper hits his MLB-leading 19th home run

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals bats during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park on June 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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After a historic May, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been a little quiet so far this month. No longer. Check out this solo blast off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel this afternoon.

Harper now leads the majors with 19 home runs. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are both sitting on 18 coming into Saturday’s action.

Hammel was pulled after Harper’s homer, but the Cubs hung on to beat the Nationals 4-2.

Video: The Cardinals had skunks in their dugout last night at Dodger Stadium

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The Cardinals had some uninvited guests in their dugout last night at Dodger Stadium. Let’s just go to the video tape, which looks like the start of a comedy skit. I promise you it isn’t…

The skunks didn’t bother the Cardinals at all. Carlos Martinez struck out 11 batters over seven innings of one-run ball as part of a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers. You just know that “Rally Skunks” will somehow become a thing.

It appears that the Mets are already bailing on their six-man rotation

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 04:  Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 4, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Mets moved to a six-man rotation this week after Dillon Gee’s return from the disabled list, but they are apparently bailing on it before even getting through the first turn.

According to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, Mets manager Terry Collins said after last night’s loss to the Diamondbacks that the team will likely move back to a standard five-man rotation in the near future.

“I’m just tired of answering the questions, so we may go back to being traditional,” Collins said.

Questions from whom?

“Everybody,” he continued. “My wife. I’m tired of her wanting to know who’s pitching.”

Collins was trying to be funny there, but Diamond writes that the pitchers involved didn’t feel comfortable with the change in their routines and were worried that it would impact their performance. In fact, none of them publicly supported the idea.

Of course, part of the motivation behind the six-man rotation was to help limit the workloads of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. Assuming they are going back to a standard five-man, they’ll have to get creative to give them some rest, especially with another young arm, Steven Matz, likely to be promoted to the majors soon.

As for who will get the boot from the rotation, Diamond writes that Gee is most likely to be moved to the bullpen. And that makes sense considering that he was expected to begin the year in a relief role before Zack Wheeler required season-ending Tommy John surgery. Jon Niese has been shaky recently, but he strengthened his case by allowing three runs over six innings with eight strikeouts and one walk last night against the Diamondbacks. He’s also the lone left-hander in the rotation. At least for now.

On a related note, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Mets are “really ramping up” their efforts to trade Gee and Niese.

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

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)
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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: