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Woman wheeled out of Petco Park after being struck in the head by Hector Sanchez’s bat

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In the bottom of the ninth inning facing Rockies reliever Jake McGee, Padres catcher Hector Sanchez swung and missed but lost control of his bat. The bat whipped around into the crowd above the visitors’ dugout, striking a woman in the head. Play was stopped for several minutes while she was tended to by medical personnel. She was wheeled out of Petco Park to receive further treatment.

Many stadiums have recently increased the length of protective netting to the far ends of both dugouts. As Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune told me, the netting at Petco Park extends from the backstop to the entrances of both dugouts. Sanchez’s bat went over top of the dugout into the crowd. Had there been netting extending to the far end of the dugout, the injury likely would’ve been avoided.

Sanders also reported, strangely, that someone was arrested from the same spot where the fan was struck by the bat. The fan left in cuffs with cuts on his head.

Update: Here’s why the fan was arrested:

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.