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Fan Hit by Broken Bat Released From Hospital

Tonya Carpenter suffered injuries during June 5 game between Red Sox and Athletics at Fenway Park

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    Fan Hit by Broken Bat Released From Hospital

    A Massachusetts woman, who suffered injuries after being struck in the head with a broken bat at Fenway Park, has been released from the hospital, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

    The hospital says Tonya Carpenter, 44, remains in good condition and has been transferred to a rehabilitation center.

    "Ms. Carpenter's recovery so far has been excellent. She's getting stronger every day, and we've seen tremendous progress. We're confident she's ready to move forward with the next phase of her care," says Dr. Efstathios Papavassiliou of the BIDMC neurosurgery department.

    Carpenter, of Paxton, suffered what authorities initially thought were life-threatening injuries during the June 5 game between the Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics. She was struck in the head in the second inning when Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie's bat broke and flew into the seats along the third-base line.

    Lawrie sent her a note and flowers in the hospital. The same flowers appeared to have accompanied her to the rehab.

    The hospital has noted that Tonya and her family have asked for privacy and will not be commenting.

    Carpenter works as an office manager and executive assistant.  A GoFundMe page has been established for Tonya as she recovers and expenses pile up. Click here to make a donation. 

    Organizers say they've received donations from Red Sox fans, Yankee fans, witnesses at the game and from overseas.

    Major League Baseball is reviewing fan safety at stadiums.

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