Albert Almora Jr. Leaves the Game After Crashing Into the Wall (UPDATE)

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Albert Almora Jr. Leaves the Game After Crashing Into the Wall (UPDATE)

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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:

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:

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.


Author: Brett Taylor

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