Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. exits with bruised shoulder after running into wall

ByJesse Rogers via ESPN logo
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
ESPN

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. left Tuesday night's 8-7 loss to theCardinals with a right shoulder contusion after running into the wall in left-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning.

X-rays were negative, according to the Cubs, and Almora said he thinks he'll be "OK" in a day or so.

"When I went to slide, I noticed I wasn't going to get to it, and when I looked up, the wall was right on me," he said after the game, while wearing an ice wrap around his right shoulder. "I'm OK."

Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong sent a line drive to the gap in left-center, where Almora went to chase it down. As the ball bounced off the wall, Almora lost his footing and crashed into the wall.

After being attended to by the training staff, he was able to walk off under his own power while favoring his shoulder area.

"I was scared," Almora said. "I had excruciating pain out there."

He also took to Twitter to thank fans.

Almora had entered the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth inning and struck out, before leaving in the bottom of the inning.

Leonys Martin took over for Almora in center.

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