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DETROIT (AP) — A day after hitting a foul ball that injured a fan behind the Detroit dugout, Anthony Gose said there's nothing a spectator in that situation can do.
"Even if you're paying attention you can't react that fast. We can't react that fast in the dugout and we're paying attention to the game," the Tigers outfielder said Saturday. "A fan who's never seen anything moving that fast at them in their life? No chance. Zero chance in this world."
The Tigers said the female fan was released from the hospital Saturday.
Justin Verlander and Nick Castellanos said immediately after Friday's game that baseball needs to make changes at ballparks to keep fans safe, and Gose echoed those sentiments before Saturday night's game against Texas.
"The knot on that lady's head was bigger than the baseball. If that hit her flush on the face she might have died," Gose said. "She didn't do anything wrong, she just wants to enjoy a game. Now put up a net and people will still enjoy the game. You're not going to lose that many people or that much money putting up a net. I guarantee it."
In the second inning Saturday, Mike Napoli of the Rangers hit a hard line drive into the seats behind the visiting dugout, but everybody appeared to be OK.
Gose said there should be protective netting extending to the end of each dugout. His line drive hit the fan in the eighth inning Friday, and the game was delayed for several minutes before she was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital for observation. A team spokesman said she was released Saturday, and the Tigers were still trying to get in touch with her.
Earlier this season, a Massachusetts woman was seriously injured when a broken bat flew into the stands at Fenway Park and struck her in the head, and last month, an Oakland Athletics season ticket-holder asked a federal court in a lawsuit to order Major League Baseball to extend the safety netting at its ballparks the entire length of the foul lines.
The commissioner's office has said that it is discussing safety with the clubs.
"I know it's something that is in heavy conversation of what to do," Tigers general manager Al Avila said. "Do you put up netting, not put up netting? If you do put up netting how do you do it? It's something right now that is being looked at seriously."
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