A young boy attending Wednesday night's Royals-Yankees game had to be carried from his seat by medical professionals after being struck on the head by Chris Carter’s broken bat.
Carter’s bat shattered on a fastball from Matt Strahm in the seventh inning and much of the bat hit the boy, who appeared to be age 6 or 7, per NJ.com.
The boy, who was sitting on the third-base side in box seat four rows up from the field at Yankee Stadium, appeared dazed as he held a towel to his forehead. He had to be carried from his seat in part because he attended the game walking with crutches.
Play stopped for two minutes as players looked to the seats.
"It's definitely unfortunate," Carter told reporters after the game. "You never want to have something like that happen to a kid … or anyone. The good part of it was the bat didn't pierce him or anything. I hope he's OK."
Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said the fan was given first aid at the ballpark and was receiving medical attention elsewhere after the game.
The boy left the ballpark with one of Carter's bats as a souvenir, and the Yankees slugger said he plans to reach out to the boy and his family in the coming days.