Yankees to expand netting after girl earlier hit in face

(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees announced on Sunday they will significantly expand protective netting at Yankee Stadium next season and their spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.

The announcement was made 11 days after a young girl was hospitalized after being struck in the face by a line drive from New York third baseman Todd Frazier during the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Todd Frazier #29 of the New York Yankees reacts after a child was hit by a foul ball off his bat in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER-20: A young girl is being assisted after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier of the New York Yankees as fans around her watch in shock in the fifth inning of an MLB baseball game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 11-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Todd Frazier #29 of the New York Yankees reacts after a child was hit by a foul ball off his bat in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER-20: A young girl is carried out of the stadium after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of an MLB baseball game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 11-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER-20: A young girl is being assisted after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier of the New York Yankees as fans around her watch in shock and third base coach Joe Espada #53 of the Yankees hangs his head in the foreground in the fifth inning of an MLB baseball game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 11-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER-20: A young girl is being assisted after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of an MLB baseball game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 11-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER-20: A young girl is carried out of the stadium after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of an MLB baseball game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins on September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 11-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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The Yankees did not reveal specific plans but in a statement said, "While the current protective netting meets the recommended guidelines established by Major League Baseball, the additional protective netting we are planning to install for the 2018 season will exceed the current guidelines."

After the game, players from both sides urged expanded netting to be required at all stadiums.

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