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Woman injured by foul ball at Trop released from hospital

BOSTON — The woman struck by a foul ball Friday at Tropicana Field improved enough to be released from the hospital Monday night.

That obviously was good news, especially to Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who hit the ball and who had gone to visit her after Sunday's game.

"Obviously, I feel a little bit better seeing her; she looked like she was doing better," Souza said Tuesday at Fenway Park. "It was good to go there and encourage her. … I'm very ecstatic she got released."

The 63-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was treated and underwent a series of tests at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg after being struck by the ball, which got through a small gap in the protective netting. The Rays on Saturday added netting to cover the opening in front of the seats between home plate and the dugouts.

Souza, accompanied by his wife, Mikaela, and team chaplain Gio Llerena, brought the woman, a White Sox fan from Chicago, two dozen flowers and a card signed by the team. "I tried to make her laugh and lift her spirits up," Souza said. "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.' …

"I know they had to run a few more tests, so if she got released it was a good sign. My prayers were that there were no long-lasting effects, so if she got released, hopefully that's the case."

Woman injured by foul ball at Trop released from hospital 04/19/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:51pm]
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