CHICAGO -- During the seventh inning of Monday's 4-3 win over the Cubs, center fielder Justin Ruggiano tossed a ball into the stands at Wrigley Field and it accidentaly hit a little girl in the shoulder.
When Ruggiano found out, he immediately wanted to make a gesture to ensure that the young fan would keep coming out to ballgames.
"I was throwing balls to people in the stands just about every half-inning," Ruggiano said. "One of them got away and went up, I guess, just behind where the people [I was tossing to] were sitting, and she was either walking by or standing there and it hit her in the shoulder.
"I went and asked somebody [about what happened] ... and I told them to tell her I'm sorry and I would send her a bat."
The autographed bat apparently made the little girl's day, as her family responded on Twitter, posting "Thanks @justinruggiano! Josies shoulder is feeling much better & the bat was a beautiful gesture! CLASS ACT."
"I've got kids," Ruggiano said. "I hate to see any kid get hurt at a baseball game. I've seen it happen way too many times with foul balls. The fact that I was part of throwing a ball that hit a fan, I didn't want her to have a bad taste in her mouth from a baseball game. And I didn't want her to think that she's going to get hit with a baseball every time she comes to a game."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.