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Woman hit by baseball bat in better condition, family says

Tonya Carpenter. (Family photo)
Tonya Carpenter. (Family photo)

The condition of the woman seriously injured by a shattered baseball bat at Friday night’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park was improving Monday, her family said.

Tonya Carpenter, 44, of Paxton, was at the game with her 8-year-old son, Aidan, and her former boss at Liberty Construction when she was struck in the face by a piece from a broken bat swung by Oakland Athletics batter Brett Lawrie.

“Tonya is responsive, and her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair,” Carpenter’s family said in a statement Monday. “We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, especially the fans at Fenway Park, first responders, Boston EMS, Boston police, and her care team at Beth Israel Deaconess.”


Carpenter was seated close to the action, near the visitors’ dugout on the third base side, when the bat piece flew into the stands during the second inning of the game. She was carried off the field and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The Red Sox, whose principal owner John Henry also owns The Boston Globe, issued a statement Monday about ballpark safety.

“All of us with the Boston Red Sox continue to extend our best wishes to Tonya Carpenter, who was injured by a broken bat at Friday night’s game,” the statement said. “The well-being of Tonya and her loved ones are forefront in our minds.”

“Major League Baseball will reexamine fan safety at ballparks, and we will fully participate in that process,” the statement concluded.

Carpenter’s injury has reignited debate around a controversial standard that states that stadium owners and operators are not responsible for injuries caused by foul balls or pieces of shattered bats, so long as netted or screened seats are in place for a reasonable number of spectators.

The Baseball Rule, as it is known, was devised in the early part of the 20th century, and leaves it up to fans to be alert during the game.



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Aneri Pattani can be reached at aneri.pattani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @apattani95.