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Family of toddler hit by foul ball 'gratified' by Astros' decision to extend netting

The little girl hit by a line drive foul ball at Minute Maid Park is still dealing with medical issues.
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Fans react after little girl is hit by foul ball at Minute Maid Park during the Cubs-Astros game on May 29, 2019

HOUSTON — It's always tough to see a baseball fan injured by a foul ball. But when it happened to a 2-year-old girl at Minute Maid Park, there were tears from fans and players, including the Cubs batter who hit the ball.

The 106 mph foul ball fractured the little girl's skull.

The Astros announced Thursday they will join other Major League teams and extend the protective netting down the left and right field lines, just short of the foul poles. It will be 32 feet high. 

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Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr., right, is comforted by Jason Heyward after hitting a foul ball into the stands during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

"I called the family immediately. They're very gratified and they believe it to be the right decision," said Attorney Richard Mithoff.

Mithoff said the child is still on seizure medication and is dealing with other medical issues.

"She has a stumbling issue they're monitoring pretty closely," Mithoff explained.

He said she's scheduled for another MRI next week.

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