Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Brewers, Braves visit stricken boy

ATLANTA — 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 Brewers, providing a bit of comfort to the player who lined the ball into the stands.

Brewers CF Carlos Gomez got a chance to meet with the child and his family 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. "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. Gomez looked toward the stands with anguished concern, while Braves RHP Julio Teheran crouched 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."

VOTTO TO DL: The Reds placed 1B Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a left leg injury. The former NL MVP had already missed five games with a quadriceps strain in his left knee.

ACE TO RETURN: White Sox LHP Chris Sale, out for the past month with a sore left flexor muscle, was cleared to come off the disabled list and is set to start tonight against the Yankees.

ASSAULT COMPLAINT: Wayne County (Mich.) prosecutors said they plan to review a request for charges against a 28-year-old Tigers player, believed to be RHP Evan Reed, following a sexual assault complaint.

CARDINALS: RHP Michael Wacha was taken out in the sixth after getting struck on the right elbow by a foul liner while sitting in the dugout.

DODGERS: 3B Juan Uribe went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

GIANTS: RHP Matt Cain left after three innings with a strained right hamstring.

rANGERS: 1B Prince Fielder was out of the lineup for the fourth game in a row and will not travel with the team to Detroit for a four-game series beginning tonight.

RED SOX: LHP Felix Doubront, who left Tuesday's start with a sore shoulder, was hurt before the game when he hit the shoulder on a car door but never told the team, weei.com reported.

WHITE SOX: Closer Matt Lindstrom will have surgery Friday to repair a tear of the sheath in his left ankle and will miss at least three months.

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