Fan hit by foul ball

Pittsburgh – A game between the Chicago Cubs and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on Monday night was delayed for more than 20 minutes after a fan behind home plate was hit in the head by a foul ball that struck her despite the presence of protective netting.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the woman appeared to be finding her way to her seat during the second inning of the National League game, and was standing in the first row behind the screen when Chicago’s Starlin Castro fouled a pitch straight back.

The ball struck the netting and then the woman’s head. She fell to the ground immediately and was eventually removed on a stretcher.

The Pirates said the fan was conscious and alert when she was taken to a hospital for testing, and she reportedly gave a thumbs-up gesture as she was being taken away.

“Thankfully, the fan was released from the hospital following those examinations,” Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said in a statement this morning. “…The organization is in the process of reaching out to her to show our support.”

On Tuesday, the team said she had been released from hospital

The woman’s identity has not been released.

Fan hit by foul ball

Fan hit by foul ball