Marin teen hit in head by baseball clings to life

  • In this undated photo provided by Tonya Koenker, Gunnar Sandberg, a Marin Catholic High School baseball player is shown. Sandberg remained in critical condition on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, after he was hit in the head by a line drive during a practice baseball game on Thursday, March 11, 2010. His injury has renewed concerns about the safety of metal baseball bats. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Tonya Koenker) ** NO SALES **

SAN FRANCISCO — As a Marin County high school baseball player clung to life after he was hit in the head by a line drive during a practice game, educators at his school questioned whether metal bats are more dangerous than wooden ones.

Gunnar Sandberg, 16, a student at Marin Catholic High School, remained in critical condition Tuesday at Marin General Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Kathie Graham.

He was removed from a medically induced coma on Friday and underwent a brain scan Monday after doctors "didn't like what they saw," said school principal Chris Valdez.

"There has been some positive activity yesterday and today, which is keeping us hopeful," the Sandberg family said in a statement Tuesday. "We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the community."

Sandberg was struck by a sharply hit baseball on March 11 while pitching during a practice game against Concord's De La Salle High School.

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