Brett Lawrie sends flowers and note to recovering fan struck by bat

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Oakland Athletics third basemanBrett Lawrie, whose broken bat struck fan Tonya Carpenter at Fenway Park on Friday, sent flowers and a message to Carpenter's bedside Tuesday, according to Boston's WCVB-TV.

"Sending my thoughts and prayers," Lawrie's message read.

The 44-year-old Carpenter, who was sitting in the first few rows of seats unprotected by netting when struck in the face by an airborne shard of bat, is still at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she was treated for what police initially called life-threatening injuries.

Carpenter's family responded to Lawrie's message with one of their own:

"Brett, they are the only ones by her side. On behalf of her family, we thank you for this lovely arrangement. You brought a smile to her face, the fragrance fills the room and she thinks of her garden.

"We accept these flowers and appreciate thoughts and prayers, we ask all fans across this country that you continue to pray for a full recovery."

Carpenter's condition was upgraded to fair Monday, three days after shesuffered what police initially said were life-threatening injuries during Friday's game between the Red Sox and Athletics.

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