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Royals clarify condition of injured fan

April 1, 2011 |  5:46 pm

After Thursday’s season opener, a Kansas City Royals team official said the fan struck by Torii Hunter’s broken bat was not seriously injured and watched the rest of the game from another seat.

Turns out that wasn’t true.

A man identifying himself as the fan’s brother contacted a Kansas City newspaper Friday and said the unnamed woman remained in a local hospital where she is expected to undergo facial surgery.

“It’s a very regretful situation for us,” said an apologetic Royal spokesman, who said poor communication between the team and medical personnel led to the mistake.

 -- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Kansas City, Mo.