A fan is carted off the field after getting hit in the head with a bat and suffering serious injuries on Friday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Woman hit by broken bat identified, listed in serious condition

John Tomase
June 06, 2015 - 10:14 am

A woman who was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a broken bat at Friday's Red Sox game has been identified, and her family says she remains in serious condition. The family of Tonya Carpenter released a statement on Saturday thanking fans for their thoughts and prayers. "Tonya Carpenter was admitted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center last night following injury at Fenway Park," the statement read. "She is in serious condition. Tonya's family and loved ones are grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers but are requesting privacy at this time as Tonya recovers." Appearing on WEEI on Saturday morning with Butch Stearns, Fox 25 anchor Maria Stephanos said law enforcement sources told her Carpenter's condition has stabilized. Before the Red Sox faced the A's, manager John Farrell reiterated the team's support and deferred questions on fan safety to Major League Baseball. "Our thoughts are clearly with the woman who was injured last night and nothing has changed from our feelings toward that," he said. "Our thoughts and our prayers go to her and her family. We respect the privacy that they request during this time. "As far as fan safety goes, that's paramount to any ballpark, regardless if it's Fenway or somewhere else. If there's any changes that were to be made '€“ and I fully understand the question here '€“ any changes that are made to any ballpark, there'€™s approval by MLB that has to take place. We'€™ll always look for ways to continue to make fan safety a priority.'€ The scene that unfolded on Friday was horrifying, with Brett Lawrie's bat shattering in the second inning on a groundout and flying into the stands, where it struck Carpenter in the head. Nearby fans immediately removed shirts and sweatshirts to staunch her wound, and her screams echoed through the park as she was removed on a stretcher.