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Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 11:57 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Braves' general manager Frank Wren has confirmed to multiple Internet sources (the majority via Twitter thus far) that minor-league coach Luis Salazar has lost his left eye.

On March 9, Salazar was struck in the eye by a line-drive foul ball off the bat of catcher Brian McCann in the first inning of an exhibition game against the Cardinals. He was standing in the dugout watching the at-bat.

Salazar was initially unconscious for around 20 minutes but then regained consciousness and was able to breath on his own. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital and has since had three surgeries. One of the surgeries resulted in the removal of his left eye.

Salazar, 54, will still be able to manage the Braves' high-Class-A affiliate this season, according to reports, and could be back in four to six weeks (Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Twitter).

Wren wanted to point out the positive in the unfortunate situation.

"As the doctor told us from the very beginning, in the big picture -- and that’s what we always have to keep in mind -- in the big picture this is a really good outcome. He's alive. He's alive." (via AJC Twitter )

McCann has been having a pretty rough time with the incident. He immediately needed to be removed from the game because he was so shaken. He has since spent hours visiting with Salazar and family and has expressed his remorse and feeling of helplessness for the accident.

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Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 8:11 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Really CBS 

You report this... a manager losing his EYE from being hit by a baseball on a blog called EYE on Baseball

Just a little bit distasteful dont you think?



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 6:54 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

The only "colossal fail" here is he fact that your parent allowed you to live beyond childhood.<br /> <br />




Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2011 6:36 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Colossal fail.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:43 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

did "eye on baseball" really have to report this?  we couldnt have let another baseball blog run this story?  lol
well done CBS.  unintentional comedy scale rating : 8



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:38 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Umm...maybe check Fox News. And, don't be so gullible.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Anyone actually have a source for the rumor that Schumer is going to propose legislation due to this accident? It sounds ridiculous, and I can't find any source.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

These incidents happen more often than you think.  Got to keep an eye on the game at all times.  Everytime I go to a ballgame I tell the people I go with to be careful and stay focus on the game.  I know it is rough to do, especially baseball that can run at least 4 hours, but history does tend to repeat itself and I would not be surprised if we have a few more cases this year again.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

What? Is this a joke? Charles Schumer is actually introducing legislation due to this misfortune? You must be kidding. This is a joke right? Coming from a democrat does not shock me but this is stupid. I know this is a joke right? Nobody is that stupid...not even a democrat. How can you legislate something like this from occurring? That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard in my life! My family's thoughts and prayers go out to the Salazar family. Schumer needs to step down from his job NOW!  



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

I remember Luis Salazar from his playing days.  Pretty good player from what I recall.  It's a shame that he lost his eye like he did, but the important thing is he's still with us and will be back on the job fairly soon.  I feel equally bad for Brian McCann.  I'm not a Braves fan, but it's hard not to feel for McCann right now.  He'll help the Braves best by putting this out of his mind as much as he can and doing his job on the field.  Easier said than done, I know, but I'm pulling for him and for Salazar.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Think of the millions of at bats throughout the history of Minor and MLB baseball, and the 100's of millions fans, players, coaches, etc. who've been a part of those games.  This is just plain bad luck, and basically a one in a MILLION circumstance, if not lower odds.  A ballplayer, coach, manager, and especially a fan has a MUCH greater chance of losing their eye or worse yet, their life, on the highway. Get a grip, folks.



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