A child at Astros game was struck by a foul ball in a scary scene, leaving Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. visibly shaken

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  • A young child at Minute Maid Park was struck by a foul ball on Wednesday night.
  • The scary scene unfolded in the fourth inning, with Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hitting a ball foul down the third-base line.
  • The child was immediately rushed out of the stands, while Almora reacted with horror.

A scary scene unfolded at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night after a young fan was struck with a foul ball.

During the fourth inning, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball down the third-base line.

 

Almora reacted in horror almost immediately, and fans in the crowd signaled for attention.

Associated Press photographer David J. Phillip caught the immediate aftermath in the stands, as a man carried the crying child up and away from the crowd.

A young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)A young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Associated Press

Almora broke down in tears, needing a few minutes to regain his composure before continuing at the plate. He was consoled by teammates and coaches before embracing a member of the stadium's security team.

"He rips a line drive down the third-base line and it comes in and it looks like it hits someone hard," said David LeVasseur, the man who wound up with the ball, told the Houston Chronicle. "It bounces, comes down and hits the guy to my left off ricochet and the next thing you know it's at my feet. I pick it up and all we heard was screaming."

LeVasseur also said the ball had no traces of blood on it and that the child was alert and conscious when he ran up the stands to check on them.

We will update when more information is available.

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