MLB player Albert Almora Jr. brought to tears after foul ball hits child

A young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs player Albert Almora Jr. during a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Houston. [DAVID J. PHILLIP/ASSOCIATED PRESS]
By Gary Dinges
Posted: May. 30, 2019 12:34 pm Updated: May. 30, 2019 12:35 pm

The Wednesday night matchup between the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs came to a screeching halt after a young fan was struck by a foul ball.

Play at Houston's Minute Maid Park was briefly paused after the ball, hit by Cubs player Albert Almora Jr., hit the girl. She was taken to a nearby hospital, but the Astros refused to provide any information on her condition.

"Our thoughts are with the entire family," the Astros said in a statement on Twitter.

Almora, who has two children of his own, dropped to his knees after the girl was hit, letting out a cry. Teammates were quick to comfort him. Almora later ventured into the stands, where a security guard hugged the sobbing player. The girl had already been rushed away by a man believed to be her father.

[gh:blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"][gh:p lang="en" dir="ltr"]After Albert Almora Jr. struck a young fan with a foul ball, in between innings he went immediately over to that section to ask about the situation. You can see he is overwhelmed with emotion as him and the security guard have a moment. This is just a terrible & sad situation.[gh:a href=""][/gh:a][/gh:p]— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live)[gh:a href=""]May 30, 2019[/gh:a][/gh:blockquote][gh:script async src="" charset="utf-8"][/gh:script]

"As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her," Almora said after the game, according to CNN. "... Obviously I didn't want that to happen and intend for that to happen.

"God willing, I'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. Prayers right now, and that's all I really can control."

Major League Baseball released a statement Thursday morning addressing protective netting that could have prevented the girl from being hit.

"The events at last night’s game were extremely upsetting," the statement said, in part. "Clubs have significantly expanded netting and their inventory of protected seats in recent years. With last night’s event in mind, we will continue our efforts on this important issue.”

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