Girl hit by foul ball at Yankees game hospitalized

Baseball fans reacts as a young girl is carried out of the seating area after being hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

A young girl is carried out of Yankee Stadium after being hit by a foul ball during Wednesday's game between the Yankees and Minnesota Twins.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Wednesday afternoon's game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins was delayed for several minutes after a foul line drive struck a young girl sitting in the third-base stands at Yankee Stadium.

The stoppage came in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Yankees leading, 9-3. Todd Frazier was batting with runners on first and second with nobody out when he pulled a pitch from Minnesota lefty Nik Turley into the seats.

Witness Sean Cushing told NJ.com the ball struck the little girl in the face, almost squarely on the mouth. Nearby fans immediately waved for first responders.

Players on both teams were visibly affected by the incident, with some appearing to be near tears. TV cameras showed Frazier resting on one knee for most of the delay. Yankees third base coach Joe Espada dropped to both knees and appeared to be praying.

New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada reacts after a young girl was hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, Sept.20, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Yankees third base coach Joe Espada reacts after a young girl was hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium Wednesday afternoon.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

ESPN reported the girl was attending the game with her grandparents and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. 

Frazier flew out to center field when the game resumed. The Yankees won, 11-3.

After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was told the girl is "doing OK."

In December 2015, Major League Baseball recommended that teams add protective netting to shield fans in field-level seats up to 70 feet from home plate from balls, bats and other objects. Six teams, including the New York Mets, have opted to extend the nets beyond MLB's recommendation. The Yankees have not done so to date.