Cubs’ Albert Almora leaves intrasquad game after running into outfield wall
Almora raced straight back on a shot by Kris Bryant off Craig Kimbrel but was unable to snare the ball before his momentum led him into the ivy-covered brick wall.
Cubs outfielder Albert Almora left Friday night’s simulated game at Wrigley Field after crashing into the center field wall.
It sure looked like it when Almora raced straight back on a shot by Bryant off Craig Kimbrel but was unable to snare the ball before his momentum led him into the ivy-covered brick wall. Outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward rushed to Almora, who remained face-down on the warning track for about two minutes as a pair of trainers and manager David Ross tended to him.
After walking about 25 feet toward the dugout, Almora, hat and glove off, went down to a knee for a few seconds, appearing to collect himself. Then — under his own power — he took a slow, ginger walk to the dugout, down the steps and into the clubhouse.
Not 10 minutes later, word came from a Cubs spokesman that Almora had mildly bruised his ribs and could be back in action at camp on Saturday. Not a minute after that, Almora was standing in the on-deck circle with a bat in his hand. He walked to the plate and hit an RBI single.