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Fan struck by foul ball at Trop released from hospital

Medical personnel carry a fan out of the stands after she was hit by a foul ball by Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. Friday at Tropicana Field.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Medical personnel carry a fan out of the stands after she was hit by a foul ball by Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. Friday at Tropicana Field.

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UPDATE, 5:53: Souza said he was glad he was able to visit with the woman on Sunday at the hospital.

"Obviously I feel a little bit better seeing her, she looked like she was doing better. ... It was good to go there and encourage her. ... I'm very ecstatic she got released, that's great to hear,'' Souza said.

"I tried to make her laugh and lift her spirits up. She was very encouraging to me and tried to lift the burden off of me, which I appreciate. It was good to kind of be there and let her know, Hey, I know this was a freak accident but we as the Rays care about you, and I care about you as well, and your well being.''

Souza brought her flowers and a card signed by the whole team.

DEVELOPING: The fan struck by a foul ball during Friday's Rays-White Sox game has been released from the hospital.

No other details have been made available. The fan, a 63-year-old woman, was struck in the left eye by a foul ball off the bat of Steven Souza Jr. during the game.

The woman was sitting in the front row of seats between home plate and the Rays dugout. The ball went through a narrow opening created by a triangular gap where the Rays added addition netting to what already was in place. She was taken from the stands on a stretcher and to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, and was released Monday night. Her identity has not been released.

On Saturday, the Rays added additional netting to cover the opening, which was in place to allow access to the camera well.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:58pm]

    

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