Red Sox pitcher David Price left Wednesday evening’s start against the Marlins after being hit by an Austin Dean line drive in the top of the third inning. The Red Sox were trailing 3-1 and had runners on first and second with two outs when Dean hit an 0-2, 87 MPH change-up back up the middle, deflecting off of Price’s left wrist towards first baseman Steve Pearce. Pearce flipped to Price who narrowly beat Dean to the first base bag for the final out of the inning. Price did not return for the fourth inning as Hector Velázquez relieved him.
Per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox are calling Price’s injury a left wrist contusion. He will be evaluated further. The club should have an update during or after Wednesday’s game.
In his three innings of work, Price yielded the three runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He now carries a 3.60 ERA on the season with 152 strikeouts and 41 walks in 152 1/3 innings.
Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.
After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”
Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium. [Update: Netting will be extended, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.]
Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”