A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball in the Braves-Brewers game last night

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Scary moments in Milwaukee, where a fan sitting behind the Brewers’ dugout was hit in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Eury Perez in the ninth inning. The game was stopped for nine minutes and the fan with EMT’s, having walked slowly to a wheelchair at the end of the aisle, with a towel wrapped on her forehead.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com spoke to Andrelton Simmons about it after the game. And the man who may be the best defensive player on planet Earth said that even he wouldn’t sit in those seats without more protective netting:

Simmons expressed hope that Major League teams will begin extending the protective nets down the baselines to shield fans from becoming unfortunate victims of these kinds of events.

“Sometimes you wish the net was bigger to at least cover the people that don’t have time to react,” Simmons said. “I wouldn’t sit that close without a net.”

If even Simmons, a man who can stop anything, wouldn’t sit there, how people do it all the time is beyond me.

 

 

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.