Braves Coach Loses Eye to Rogue Foul

Minor league manager Luis Salazar will return to work this season
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2011 9:22 AM CDT
Atlanta Braves Minor League Manager Luis Salazar Loses Eye to Rogue Foul Ball
This Feb. 21, 2011 file photo shows Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

An Atlanta Braves coach has lost his left eye after a foul ball hit him in the face. Luis Salazar, a minor league manager, was watching a spring training game when a line drive off the bat of the Braves’ Brian McCann hit him in the dugout. He was knocked out and the game was paused while he was airlifted to a hospital. Doctors treated him for facial fractures, the AP reports.

A rattled McCann left the game after the incident and has visited Salazar in the hospital. "It's a crazy, crazy thing that happened,” he said. “You feel hopeless.” But “in the big picture, and that's what we have to keep in mind, this is a good outcome," said the team’s general manager. "He's alive." Salazar is expected to return to work in a few weeks. (More Atlanta Braves stories.)

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