2 senators ask MLB for data on foul ball injuries

Illinois’ two senators continued their pressure campaign on Major League Baseball to be more proactive about fan safety at ballparks, urging greater transparency about how often and how seriously fans are hurt by foul balls.

Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth said in a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred this week that MLB should “collect and report data about fan injuries.” Durbin and Duckworth previously have called on all 30 major-league teams to extend protective netting to the foul poles at their stadiums.

“We currently rely on media coverage about foul-ball injuries, which can lead to misinformation and confusion,” the senators wrote in the letter, sent Tuesday. “The creation of an injury registry would help provide the public a better understanding of fan injuries at MLB stadiums and help evaluate the voluntary safety measures that many teams are implementing.”

Last month, the Chicago White Sox became the first major-league team to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole. The safety measure was announced a week after a foul ball at the park sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.

Manfred, however, has resisted mandating that all teams extend netting to the foul poles, saying different ballpark configurations make a blanket rule impossible.

Briefly: The Cubs signed former A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy, 33, who cleared waivers and was unconditionally released by the Angels on Wednesday. Chicago optioned catcher-infielder Taylor Davis to Triple-A Iowa. Lucroy batted .242 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 74 games with the Angels this season. … The Marlins placed shortstop Miguel Rojas on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. Infielder Deven Marrero was selected from Triple-A New Orleans to take Rojas’ roster spot.

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