Injured baseball player returns to the field after near-death experience while batting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Austin Robinson knows he's a lucky guy. He feels even luckier now he's back on the baseball field with his Bob Jones baseball teammates - as if nothing ever happened.

But something did happen one week ago Tuesday. He was stuck by a ball in the chest, and it knocked his heart out of rhythm. Spectators, who happen to be Huntsville Hospital nurses, rushed to assist him as he lay on the field.

One week after that near-death experience, his coach admits was a freak accident. Austin isn't back in the game, but he is back at the game; it's something his loved ones could never have imagined.

"I mean, it's actually just a miracle that he's back out here and we can just thank God that he's here with us today," said Leslie Robinson, Austin's mom.

Coach Jared Smith echoed that sentiment, saying, "A week later he's back here normal. That's insane, and we are just really thankful and blessed that it worked out that way."

We caught up with Austin as he sat in the dugout, ready to cheer on his team.

"It really feels like nothing has happened at all to me. Because I don't remember anything at all," he said.

He tells us he's not in pain, but he hasn't yet been cleared to play. What makes that a little better, though, is finally being back with his teammates.

"Just being with them right now kind of makes it feel OK. But playing with them, just means so much to me. I can't wait until then," he said.

For now, he's soaking it all in and enjoying the moment.

"I'm just glad I'm here right now," he said.

John Robinson, Austin's dad, said they're thankful to the community and the nurses who helped Austin. "From what I've seen, we're just amazed at the love and support and prayers that have been given," he said.

Austin says he can't wait for August, when he'll be back on the field as a player. "I'll be looking forward to just playing with my teammates and being around them and being able to work with them again," he said.

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