Fan hit in head by foul ball behind home plate – Watch

Fan hit in head by foul ball behind home plate - Watch

A fan who was struck in the head by a hard-hit foul ball in the seating area behind home plate Monday night at PNC Park has been released from the hospital, the Pirates said.

The woman was standing near the screen behind home plate during the Pirates’ game against the Chicago Cubs.

The game was stopped for 23 minutes while the woman, who was not identified, was placed on a stretcher and moved to a nearby ambulance, where she was treated by PNC Park and Pittsburgh EMS personnel before being transported to a Pittsburgh hospital.

“Thankfully, the fan was released from the hospital following those examinations,” Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said in a statement this morning. “…The organization is in the process of reaching out to her to show our support.”

The team said the fan was “conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a ’thumbs up’ gesture to nearby fans.”

Cubs Starlin Castro had fouled a pitch from A.J. Burnett directly behind the plate in the top of the second inning. The ball did not go through the protective netting, but struck the woman standing close to the screen in the first row of seats.