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Posted: May 21, 2014

Young fan hit in head by ball at MLB game


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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA —

A young boy was hit in the head by a line drive during the Atlanta Braves’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night at Turner Field but was “conscious and talkative,” a team official said.

Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was pitching to Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez in the seventh inning when Gomez hit a foul ball that was lined into the stands along the first base side, behind the Braves’ dugout. The ball hit a youth, who was tended to by stadium officials. Fans gave an ovation to the youth when he was picked up and carried out.

A team official later released a statement, saying, “The young fan was hit in the head by a ball but conscious and talkative while he was being treated on site before being transferred to the hospital. The team and all of Braves Country have him in our thoughts and prayers.”

Teheran and Gomez were aware of what had happened. Both players kneeled down and play stopped for a couple of minutes.

Teheran said after the game he knew the ball hit a fan and heard the sound of the ball hitting somebody. But he but added, “I didn’t know if it hit a kid or a big person. I knew it was going to hit somebody because it was fast and hard and nobody would have a chance to get (out of the way). … I hope he’s fine.”