A baseball fan was hospitalized after she was whacked in the head by a foul ball from star slugger Cody Bellinger at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
The girl was sitting four rows from the field along the first-base line, just beyond the netting that extends to the end of the visiting dugout.
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Bellinger, 23, was immediately concerned after seeing his foul ball strike the girl in the head, and checked on her between innings, as captured in a Twitter video shared by a fan. However, she left about 15 minutes later for further attention.
On May 29, a 4-year-old fan was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. during a game between the Cubs and Astros in Houston.
She was later taken to the hospital for precautionary tests and her mother told CBSLA that doctors confirmed she suffered a concussion. "I saw it literally hit her face, so it was tough".
The team said it will put the recommended changes into effect and extend the netting.
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Last season, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom was also struck by a foul ball that went beyond the netting at Dodger Stadium.
All 30 major league stadiums have protective netting, but Bellinger said he wants to expand that netting to protect even more fans from getting hit by foul balls.
"I don't think my hugs are that special, to be honest", he told reporters afterward, including David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports. She said she was all right and gave me a thumb's up'.
Salazar's mother, Roxie Salazar, said, "We were in the zone where fly balls happen so yes, you have to be cognizant but at the same time, you're there to have fun so it's a catch-22". "It was just very bad luck because we were just beyond the net", he said. "The people in the front row don't have enough reaction time".
"I would assume that would be a smart decision", he said.
The Nationals announced last week that they will extend their netting almost to the foul poles, installing 315 feet of additional netting over the all-star break.