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Report: Fan hit by foul ball at Tropicana Field released from hospital

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A fan hit by a foul ball last week at Tropicana Field was released from the hospital Monday night, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The woman, sitting in the lower box seats next to Tampa Bay's dugout on the first-base side, was struck in the seventh inning of Friday's game between the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays by a ball off the bat of Rays designated hitter Steven Souza Jr.

Souza went into the stands to check on her and said the ball hit her near the eye. The Rays said Saturday that the woman was in stable condition.

Souza, his wife and Rays chaplain Gio Llerena visited the woman, a White Sox fan from Chicago, after Sunday's game, according to the Times.

"Obviously, I feel a little bit better seeing her. She looked like she was doing better," Souza told the newspaper Tuesday. "It was good to go there and encourage her. ... I'm very ecstatic she got released. That's great to hear.

"I tried to make her laugh and lift her spirits up. She was very encouraging to me and tried to lift the burden off of me, which I appreciate. It was good to kind of be there and let her know, 'Hey, I know this was a freak accident, but we as the Rays care about you, and I care about you as well and your well-being.'"

The game Friday was delayed about 12 minutes so the woman could receive medical treatment. She was removed from the stands on a stretcher brought to the on-deck circle.

The ball went through a gap about the size of one-and-a-half baseballs in the protective netting behind an area for photographers. Stadium workers adjusted the netting on both the first- and third-base sides Saturday, so the area was covered.

"Our thoughts are with the injured fan and her family, and we wish her a complete recovery," the Rays said in a statement. "Steps have been taken to ensure this unfortunate incident will not be repeated."

After several fans were hurt by broken bats and foul balls last year, MLB announced in December recommendations to extend safety netting at its ballparks to the ends of both dugouts and anywhere within 70 feet of home plate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.