Standing at his position, Dee Gordon couldn't get his mind off the elderly fan struck in the head by a foul ball Tuesday at Marlins Park.
As soon as the half-inning ended, the Marlins second baseman headed to where the woman, identified as Janet Balian, sat in the first row near the leftfield line holding an ice pack to the side of her head. Gordon spent most of the mid-inning break talking to Balian, who was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Phillies' Odubel Herrera.
"I was like, that could have been my grandma that got hit. So I had to make sure she was all right," Gordon said. "They said, luckily it just grazed her more than anything. I was just glad she was all right."
Before play resumed, Gordon presented Balian with an autographed bat. After the game he removed his cleats and gave them to her along with a signed jersey.
While Gordon's display of compassion was exemplary, Major League Baseball has been slow to respond to a number of incidents of fans being injured this season by errant balls and bats.
"We need a net," Gordon said. "I know it's cool to catch balls. But guys are hitting these balls hard. I do it all the time. I never put my family nowhere down there. I know it's really scary."
GREINKE SCRATCHED: The Dodgers scratched RHP Zack Greinke, the majors' ERA leader, from his start due to soreness in his calf. He's expected to take his next turn in the rotation early next week. Greinke has a 1.65 ERA this season.
MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez, pulled early from his start Sunday with stiffness in his pitching elbow, was cleared to start Saturday.
PADRES: Pro scouting director Logan White was named senior adviser to the GM/director of player personnel, expanding his focus to include amateur and international scouting.
ROCKIES: Rookie RHP Jon Gray has reached his innings limit and will be shut down for the season, manager Walt Weiss said. Gray, 23, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, has pitched a career-high 155 innings, 402/3 of them in the majors.
TIGERS: 1B Miguel Cabrera was held out of the lineup with a back issue and is day to day.