Frazier: Girl injured by foul improved, could leave hospital

The New York Yankees said last month they are "seriously exploring" additional netting for 2018

In this Sept. 20, 2017 photo, a young girl is carried out of the seating area after being hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, at Yankee Stadium in New York. About a third of the 30 major league teams, the Yankees not among them, have extended the netting to protect fans from balls entering the bleachers to at least the end of the dugout. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees’ Todd Frazier said the condition of the young girl injured by his foul ball last week has improved and she could be leaving a hospital soon.

The girl was hurt by a 105 mph drive off his bat into Yankee Stadium’s lower deck behind third base last Wednesday and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Frazier has been in contact with her father.

“We’ve been texting back and forth. He said she’s doing a lot better,” Frazier said Monday. “He said the hard stuff is behind now and hopefully she’ll be getting out, hopefully today.”

Frazier plans to meet with the family.

“The father has been very gracious — enough to call me and text me back,” Frazier said. “We’ve been having a really good relationship so far. I’ve still been praying for her every day and hoping for the best.”

Major League Baseball issued recommendations for protective netting or screens in December 2015, encouraging teams to have it in place between the ends of the dugouts closest to home plate.

The New York Mets went beyond that at midseason this year, and Cincinnati, Colorado, Detroit and San Diego have said they intend to expand protective netting before next season. San Francisco said it anticipates doing the same.

The Yankees said last month they are “seriously exploring” additional netting for 2018.

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