ATLANTA (AP) — The boy who was struck in the head by a foul ball at Turner Field was visited in the hospital by players from both the Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, providing a bit of comfort to the player who lined the ball into the stands.
Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez got a chance to meet with the child and his family on Wednesday. The victim has not been identified but was said to be 8 years old.
"When it's a little kid, it's on my chest," Gomez said before the third in a four-game series against the Braves. "I get on my knees and pray to God that everything goes well with that kid."
The boy was sitting behind Atlanta's first-base dugout Tuesday night when he was struck by Gomez's liner in the seventh inning. The Brewers hitter looked toward the stands with anguished concern, while Braves pitcher Julio Teheran crouched on the mound and grimaced. The boy was hustled up the aisle, treated by medical personnel at the stadium and transported to a hospital.
Gomez left a message with the family after the game and went to the hospital before heading back to Turner Field. He said the child was in "great spirits."
"I'm a father," said Gomez, who also signed the ball that was fouled into the stands. "It was important to me to talk to him and have the opportunity to stay with him. He was really happy."
The boy's family requested privacy and asked that neither his condition nor the hospital where he was being treated be released, though the Braves said shortly after the game he was "conscious and talkative."
Out of respect to the family, Gomez wouldn't go into detail about the boy's condition. But he urged fans to be more mindful of foul balls, especially when sitting in the especially dangerous zones along the first- and third-base lines.