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Fenway Park bat victim gets bouquet of flowers from A’s player

Brett Lawrie’s bat cracked in half during a game against the Red Sox and flew into the stands, hitting Tonya Carpenter in the face.
Brett Lawrie’s bat cracked in half during a game against the Red Sox and flew into the stands, hitting Tonya Carpenter in the face.(Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File)

Oakland Athletics player Brett Lawrie sent his heartfelt sympathies and a bouquet of flowers to the woman severely injured last week when his bat cracked in half during a game at Fenway Park and flew into the stands, hitting her in the face.

Tonya Carpenter, who is still recovering from her injuries at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, received the flowers Tuesday. Her friend Sam Rosario posted an image of the gift to Facebook, thanking Lawrie for the kind gesture.

“On behalf of her family, we thank you for this lovely arrangement,” Rosario wrote in a statement on behalf of Carpenter.

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A note that was wedged between the purple, white, and pink arrangement from Lawrie read, “Sending my thoughts and prayers. Brett Lawrie.”

The flowers were prepared at Exotic Flowers of Boston.

Rick Canale, a sales manager at the shop, said Lawrie did not hesitate to arrange to have the bouquet sent to Carpenter after the accident. He said that because of the seriousness of Carpenter’s condition, the flowers could not be delivered right away.

Carpenter, 44, of Paxton, was rushed to the hospital on Friday after Lawrie’s bat shattered and hurtled into the stands near the visitors’ dugout, where she was seated. Carpenter was at the game with her son , Aidan, 8, and her former boss at Liberty Construction.

On Monday, her family said in a statement that Carpenter was responsive, and that her condition was upgraded from serious to fair. Carpenter’s friends have started a GoFundMe campaign to help offset the costs of her medical bills. So far, they have raised more than $11,000 in online donations.


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.