Fan struck by foul ball at White Sox-Nationals game, taken to hospital for observation

A fan sitting in the stands at Guaranteed Rate Field was struck in the head by a foul ball on Monday night during the Chicago White Sox’s game against the Washington Nationals.

The woman was sitting several rows above the White Sox’s dugout on the third base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday night when outfielder Eloy Jimenez drilled a foul ball her way in the fourth inning.

The fan was seen bleeding around her head and was covered with a towel before walking up to the concourse with stadium personnel, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The woman left the stadium under her own power, but went to the hospital where she will be kept overnight for observation and is communicative, a White Sox spokesperson told the Sun Times.

Protective netting at the field extends only to the end of the dugouts on each side, which is compliant with Major League Baseball rules. Extending the netting at stadiums around the league has been a growing topic of concern in recent years, especially after Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball that struck a young fan at Minute Maid Park late last month.

MLB required all 30 ballparks in the league to extend their protective netting to the end of the dugouts in 2018, however commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he doesn’t see any changes coming to the league this season.

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TORONTO, ON - JULY 1: A view of the new extended safety netting installed this season above the home dugout during the Toronto Blue Jays MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on July 1, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
BOSTON - JULY 10: Boston Red Sox player Mookie Betts reaches around the new protective netting for fans to sign some autographs before the start of the game. The Boston Red Sox host the Texas Rangers in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Greg Bird #33 of the New York Yankees leaps into the protective netting surrounding the infield as he tries to catch a foul ball in an interleague MLB baseball game against the New York Mets on June 10, 2018 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 2-0. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 19: A young fan chews on the safety netting newly installed this season before the MLB game between the Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19, 2018 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 22: General view of netting in front of the stands during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 22, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 7-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 31: The netting is seen as Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the game on May 31, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 9-8. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Marjama falls against the backstop netting chasing a foul ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas in the first inning on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: The newly installed netting is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 9: Newly installed safety netting frames up pitcher Ryan Tepera #52 of the Toronto Blue Jays as he warms up against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: The newly installed netting is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 05: New safety netting in place that stretches out to the end of both dugouts at Coors Field April 05, 2018 before the Colorado Rockies open their season at home to play the Atlanta Braves Friday afternoon. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: The newly installed netting is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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“It's very difficult given how far the clubs have gone with the netting to make changes during the year, because they really are structural issues,” Manfred said. “But because safety is so important, I'm sure that conversation will begin and continue into the offseason.”

The White Sox fell to the Nationals 12-1 on Monday night, giving up 16 total hits and six runs in the final inning.

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