The YES Network announced in a statement on Thursday that a cameraman who was struck in the head by an inaccurate throw at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night has a shattered eye socket and is recuperating at home.
The Baltimore Orioles rookie shortstop, Gunnar Henderson, hurriedly threw high to first as he attempted to complete a double play in the fifth inning, striking Pete Stendel of YES Network, who was standing immediately next to the New York Yankees’ dugout on the first-base side.
After being transported to the hospital, YES reported late on Wednesday that Stendel was awake and undergoing examinations.
He has an orbital fracture and has been freed, according to an update from the network on Thursday.
“You don’t want to see a ball hit towards a spectator every time it gets past the first baseman or even a foul ball from the hitter.
After his team’s 6-3 triumph, Henderson said, “It just happened to be in the wrong location, and I hope he’s doing okay.
My thoughts are with him. I just want to express my gratitude to the guys who came running to aid him.
The Yankees’ athletic training crew and medical professionals attended to Stendel in the camera well, which caused the game to be delayed by around 17 minutes. In a quiet ballpark, Henderson and other Yankees and Orioles players watched as Baltimore players left the field and waited on their benches.
Stendel raised and waved two fingers as he was driven along the warning track behind home plate while being carried off the field strapped to a stretcher and cheered loudly by the 36,022 spectators.
Brandon Hyde, manager of Baltimore, added that it was “awful” to be a part of such a terrifying sight.
Although it was difficult to see, Hyde remarked, “He gave the peace sign coming off the field, and hopefully he’s OK.” Henderson was asked if he felt rattled up after the game.
“I’m doing fine, actually. Yes, it’s unfortunate that he was hurt, but he was only trying to play the game aggressively. That does occur occasionally, he added.