Fan hit by broken bat at Fenway Park leaves hospital, transferred to rehab facility

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Another encouraging update here on 44-year-old Tonya Carpenter, the fan who suffered what was initially described as life-threatening injuries when she was struck in the head by a piece of a broken bat last Friday at Fenway Park.

According to Alec Shirkey of MLB.com, a hospital spokeswoman said that Carpenter was discharged from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Friday and transferred to a rehabilitation facility. After being listed in serious condition last weekend, Carpenter was upgraded to fair condition on Monday and good condition on Thursday.

Beth Israel neurosurgeon Dr. Efstathios Papavassiliou released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding Carpenter’s condition:

“Ms. Carpenter’s recovery so far has been excellent,” Papavassiliou said. “She’s getting stronger every day, and we’ve seen tremendous progress. We’re confident she’s ready to move forward with the next phase of her care.”

Great to hear.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.