This one didn’t look good, but we’ll hope for the best.
Chasing a ball hit into the alley in the 5th inning, Albert Almora Jr. stumbled just shy of the warning track, and crashed awkwardly into the wall. It was hard to see exactly where he was injured, but it appeared to be his right shoulder area. He was down for a very long time, and then in significant pain as he walked off the field.
Here’s a look at how he impacted the wall:
— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) September 27, 2017
We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available.
If Almora has to miss significant time, obviously there’s not a lot left in the season, and he’s been one of the team’s best righty bench bats and outfield defenders.
UPDATE: This is good news, at the first instances, though not the end:
Albert Almora Jr. left tonight's game with a right shoulder contusion. X-rays were negative.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 27, 2017
Right shoulder contusion in the rotator cuff area for Almora. X-rays were negative. #Cubs
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 27, 2017
Right shoulder contusion for Almora, x-rays negative. Said to be moving his arm around better, but limited by some soreness.
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) September 27, 2017
The good news is that nothing is broken in there, and that looked like it easily could have been a collarbone break. That said, a contusion in the rotator cuff area is not necessarily a good thing in a throwing shoulder, depending on whether there’s any damage in there. We might not know about that for a little while, because the first step will probably be ice and rest, and then re-evaluation after things settled down.