Girl hit by Almora Jr.’s foul ball in Hous­ton suf­fered a skull frac­ture

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Mark Gon­za­les and Tim Ban­non,

The 2-year-old girl hit by Chicago Cubs out­fielder Al­bert Almora Jr.’s foul ball dur­ing a game in Hous­ton last month suf­fered a frac­tured skull, ac­cord­ing to her fam­ily’s at­tor­ney.

Hous­ton lawyer Richard Mithoff said the child sus­tained a skull frac­ture with sub­du­ral bleed­ing, brain con­tu­sions and brain edema.

In the fourth in­ning of a May 29 game be­tween the Cubs and Hous­ton Astros at Minute Maid Park, Almora lined a foul ball into the seats past the Cubs dugout along the third-base line.

The girl was sit­ting on a rel­a­tive’s lap when the ball hit her in the head. She was rushed to the hos­pi­tal, where she re­mained for sev­eral days, ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­ney.

In a let­ter sent Wed­nes­day to the Astros, pro­vided by Mithoff, the at­tor­ney wrote: “By way of an up­date, their daugh­ter sus­tained a skull frac­ture when she was struck by the foul ball, with as­so­ci­ated sub­du­ral bleed­ing, brain con­tu­sions and brain edema. She had a seizure and ab­nor­mal EEG at the hos­pi­tal and is now on med­i­ca­tion to pre­vent fur­ther seizures while she con­tin­ues to re­cover at home . ... Her progress will be re­assessed in July, and the (fam­ily) hope to have more in­for­ma­tion then about the resid­ual ef­fects of the in­juries.”

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the crowd quickly went silent as Almora went to one knee near the bat­ter’s box.

Team­mate Ja­son Hey­ward, who was in the on-deck cir­cle, walked over to con­sole Almora as the girl re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion. In a state­ment af­ter the game, the Astros said she was taken to a hos­pi­tal.

Af­ter the in­ning, Almora walked near the sec­tion to gather in­for­ma­tion on the girl’s con­di­tion and im­me­di­ately put his hands on his head. Almora, the fa­ther of two young boys, was hugged by a se­cu­rity guard lo­cated in the sec­tion of the ac­ci­dent.

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