Woman hit by foul ball at Tribe game to undergo surgery

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The husband of the woman hit by a ball at Tuesday night’s Indians game says his wife will have surgery but is expected to be OK after the ordeal.

Martha Muir West was carried from Progressive Field on a stretcher after being hit in the head with a foul ball by Washington’s Daniel Murphy.

She was sitting down the right-field line — and may have been blinded by the sun — when she was hit with the hard shot from Murphy in the first inning of the game. Fans sitting in her section immediately called for security and medical personnel.

As she was carried away, fans gave her a warm ovation.

West’s husband, who did not want to give his name, said by phone Wednesday that they were at the game together when it happened. The impact of the ball broke her cheekbone and caused a cut on her face that required stitches.

West was to have surgery on her eye Wednesday.

West’s husband spoke highly of the Progressive Field staff and the way the situation was handled.

Major League Baseball added more netting this season near home plate to protect fans from foul balls and bats flying into the stands.

The Indians released the following statement regarding the incident:

“Due to HIPPA law all we can comment is that she was transported to Metro for a right eye injury.”

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