A hard hit foul ball by Michael Brantley shot into the Astros dugout and struck in the fifth inning of Game 2's Astros has a paramedic in mind – Yankees American League Championship Series on Sunday.
The game was briefly interrupted when several Astros watched stunned. The referee was taken to the clubhouse of Astros and the game continued.
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Minutes after the foul ball, the officer was loaded onto a cart in front of the clubhouse and taken to the hospital , He sat up and was watchful, but held a towel to his head where the rotten ball hit him. The white towel had drops of blood.
Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole, scheduled to play in Game 3 on Tuesday, was in the tunnel checking the officer as he was driven out of the car.
The paramedic works for Harris County Emergency Corps and served as paramedic of the team. Fox TV stations originally identified the man as a security guard.
A 2-year-old girl who was sitting on the third base side of the ballpark beyond the area protected by a net before the extension suffered a fractured skull on May 29. She was hit by a lazy ball from the Chicago Cubs racket, Albert Almora Jr., hit.
This injury caused the Astros to extend the net more than 1.80 m from the digging limit to the digging limit and to cover the area where the child was injured. The network was installed in mid-August and debuted on 19 August.
Since the incident at Minute Maid, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals installed in addition to the Astros and Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City, an expanded Royals network, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays announced plans for the next season.
The Astros were one of the first teams to expand the network to the very edge of each dugout in 2017, a policy that was later adopted by MLB for all teams in 2018.
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David Barron contributed to this report.