Fans watch from the shade of a concourse during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers as clouds build in the distance Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals will extend protective netting at stadium

July 15, 2019 - 6:47 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals are planning to extend the netting at Kauffman Stadium to better protect fans.

The decision comes after a fan was hit by a ball Sunday during the Royals' game against the Detroit Tigers.

Spokesman Toby Cook told KSHB-TV the girl was kept at a hospital overnight for observation and was expected to be released Monday.

He said the club had commissioned a study on how to expand the netting before Sunday's incident. The timing of extending the netting depends on engineering and design challenges. But Cook says more netting could be added before the season ends.

Following recommendations from Major League Baseball, the Royals in 2016 extended the netting from the outside edges of the dugouts and raised it behind home plate about 8 feet.

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Information from: KSHB-TV, http://www.kshb.com

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