Yankees’ minor-league manager hit in face by ball
New York Yankees minor league manager, Rachel Balkovec, was hit in the face by a ball during a drill on Wednesday. As a result, she missed a spring training game on Thursday for Class A Tampa.
The Yankees shared the 34-year-old’s condition, informing the media that she has swelling on her face, rather than a concussion.
Balkovec will be sidelined for five or seven days and has been instructed by the doctors to undergo an additional examination when her condition gets better.
“All things considered, I feel very fortunate,” Balkovec said in a statement. “The doctors have asked me to be smart about limiting my activities over the next several days, and I plan on following their guidance. As much as I already miss being around the players and staff, I do not anticipate this affecting my role and responsibilities for the regular season.”
Balkovec was hired by the Yankees in January to manage New York’s Class A minor league team, the Tampa Tarpons. Moreover, the hiring made her go down in history as the first-ever woman working as a full-time manager for a minor league affiliate of the MLB.
Prior to her managerial role, she was the first full-time female hitting coach in Major League Baseball.
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