Braves fan hit by foul ball home from hospital

Two days after getting hit in the head by a foul ball, a young Braves fan notified the Braves Thursday that he was home from the hospital and feeling much better, according to the team.

The boy, whose family asked that his name not be identified, called to pass on his thanks to Braves players who gave him a signed bat, T-shirts, tomahawks and other memorabilia. Braves players Chris Johnson and Gerald Laird delivered the gifts personally, visiting the boy’s hospital room after the game on Tuesday night, but he was asleep while they were there.

Thursday’s call came as a relief to players, who were visibly shaken on the field Tuesday night after Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez’s foul line drive went into the stands above the Braves dugout and struck the boy.

“Sometimes there’s more to the game than just playing the game,” Laird had said Wednesday. “You want to make sure everything’s OK and that’s why CJ and I wanted to go over there and make sure he was all right and let the family know we were thinking about them. You don’t like to see things like that happen. Whatever we can do to get his spirits up and let him know that we care and are just glad he’s doing better.”