Rachel Balkovec, The First Female Manager In Minor League History, Will Miss First Game After Getting Hit In Face With Baseball

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Back in January, the New York Yankees announced the groundbreaking news that Rachel Balkovec would become the first female manager in minor league history, leading the way for the Low-A Tampa Tarpons.

With that being said, it looks like her opportunity to manage her first minor league game will be pushed back further than expected…

And it’s because she was hit in the face with a baseball during a hitting drill on Tuesday, according to the New York Post.

Although she didn’t suffer a concussion, doctors advised her to take five to seven days off for rest while recovering from the injury.

Balkovec said in a team 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 34-year-old was previously a minor league hitting instructor for the Yankees.

When news dropped about the hiring back in January, Yankees manager Aaron Boone had high praises for the historical moment:

“She’s carved out her own path. She’s worked hard to get to where she is. I’m sure she’s more than ready for this. I’ve shared with her that I’m here as a sounding board.”

Rest up.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock