|Friday, May 9
Boy taken to hospital, listed in satisfactory condition
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A young boy was in satisfactory condition at a hospital after being hit near the eye by Juan Gonzalez's foul liner in the Cleveland-Texas game Friday night.
The boy, who looked to be 5 or 6 years old, was at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. No other details on his injury were available, a nursing supervisor said.
Rangers manager Buck Showalter and star Rafael Palmeiro said the boy's left eye was swollen shut.
Right after the boy was struck in the ninth inning, Gonzalez struck out to end the Rangers' 9-5 loss. Medical personnel attended to the boy, who had been in the stands along the third-base line, for several minutes on the field after the game.
A security official from the team drove the boy and his father to the hospital. The boy never lost consciousness and didn't appear to be bleeding.
Showalter and Palmeiro visited the boy and his father before they were taken off the field in a medical cart. Players from both teams stood silent from their dugouts watching as medical personnel attended to the boy.
Palmeiro, who went 2-for-2 but didn't hit his 500th homer, gave the boy one of his bats.
"His eye was swollen shut. He was crying, but was excited about the bat," Palmeiro said. "He kept saying, `I don't want to go to the hospital.'"
Showalter was shaken by the incident.
"It's tough to talk about," Showalter said. "Raffy did more for him than I did. Whether you have kids or not, that gets you."