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Rays add extra netting to cover opening after Friday incident

A look at the opening on Friday night, and the change made today with additional netting.

MARC TOPKIN / TAMPA BAY TIMES

A look at the opening on Friday night, and the change made today with additional netting.

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UPDATE, 6:01: Rays PR vice president Rick Vaughn issued the following statement:

"Our thoughts are with the injured fan and her family and we wish her a complete recovery. Steps have been taken to ensure this unfortunate incident will not be repeated.''

UPDATE, 4:33: Rays OF/DH Steven Souza Jr., who hit the ball that struck the 63-year-old woman fan, said the team has been in communication with her husband and that she is in stable condition.

"He's been positive,'' Souza said. "Obviously he's very concerned for his wife but hes been very kind to us and very helpful. ... As soon as it's possible (I will) go in and see how she's doing.''

DEVELOPING: The Rays added extra netting today to cover the triangle-shaped opening near the two dugouts after a fan was struck by a ball Friday.

The openings were angled sideways to allow access to the camera wells; the opening facing home plate was no more than 5-6 inches wide.

The new netting covers that space.

Here are the details on the incident, awaiting a condition update on the fan who was struck in the left eye.

 

[Last modified: Saturday, April 16, 2016 6:01pm]

    

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