HOUSTON – Wednesday's Cubs-Astros game was delayed in the bottom of the fourth inning after a young fan sitting past the Cubs dugout on the third-base line appeared to be struck by a line drive by Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr.
The crowd quickly went silent as Almora went to one knee near the batter's box and was visibly shaken. 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 the hospital.
"We are not able to disclose any further details at this time," the statement said. "The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family."
Almora completed the at-bat by striking out. Moments later, Almora walked over near the section to gather information on the condition of the fan 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.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he was prepared to remove Almora from the game, but Almora was able to regain his composure.
"I want to put a net around the whole stadium," Almora said. "Hopefully I'll have a relationship with the (girl's) family for the rest of my life."