The 2-year-old girl who was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. last month suffered a fractured skull and seizure, according to a statement released Wednesday by the family’s attorney.
The girl also had subdural bleeding, brain contusions, brain edema and an abnormal electroencephalogram, according to Mithoff. She is taking medication to prevent further seizures as she continues to recover from the head injuries.
The girl was hospitalized for multiple days and her progress will be reassessed in July, according to the release. No lawsuit has been filed following the incident.
“I will continue to consult with [the family], but I want to make sure the child is taken care of, and that is where their attention is,” Mithoff told reporters. “I think that fan safety has to be first and foremost, and the issue needs to be addressed as soon as practical. I am confident the Astros will do the right thing and do it, hopefully, in due course.”
The incident sparked further debate on whether MLB ballparks should expand safety netting to protect fans in attendance. In the last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox have announced plans to extend safety netting in their respective stadiums.