New York Yankees minor league manager Rachel Balkovec will miss some time after being struck in the face by a batted ball during a hitting drill Tuesday.
Balkovec was doing a soft-toss drill with a player when he mishit the ball right back at her.
According to the Yankees, Balkovec is experiencing swelling near one of her eyes and doctors have told her to rest for five to seven days. She did not suffer a concussion, the team said.
Balkovec released the following statement:
“All things considered, I feel very fortunate. 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.”
The Yankees made history in January by promoting Balkovec to be the manager of their Single-A affiliate Tampa Tarpons. With that promotion, Balkovec became the first woman to become a manager in the minors.