Hopefully this proves to be one of those things where it was much ado about nothing.
A little while ago, my @ stream on Twitter blew up with the same message from a dozen people (who were presumably at today’s Kane County game): Albert Almora just left the game in the third inning after appearing to injure his left leg in the outfield. The eyewitness descriptions of the injury were basically the same, involving Almora misreading a ball, trying to change directions, and appearing to tweak his leg/knee in the process. He stayed in the game for a little bit, but left soon thereafter with a limp. He appeared angry about having to leave the game (presumably, he was angry about the injury).
Obviously we’re way early in the game here, as guys tweak things and leave games all the time without any serious, long-term ramifications. Given Almora’s hot start, his time missed with broken hamate bone, and his stature in the Cubs’ organization (he’s a consensus top three prospect), some extra attention/nervousness when he leaves a game is understandable.
But try to keep it together until we hear something firm from the Cubs. Hopefully it’s just a little ouchy and the Cougars were being abundantly cautious with Almora.
UPDATE: You folks are awesome. A new set of @ updates from folks on the ground there at the game say that Almora has returned to the dugout and appears to be walking around all right. Obviously that doesn’t rule out a serious injury, but it isn’t a bad sign. Fingers remain crossed.