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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: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Do not worry...

As someone who feels really bad for Luis, I have to inform everyone that Charles Schumer (D-NY) is introducing legislation to curb the epidemic that is "Serious accidents that occur on rare occasions in a sport where a hard round object is thrown at 88 MPH and then hit with a grade A baseball bat".  He will mandate something and hopefully somebody will tell him to sit down as we are worried about Luis and not making a law to prevent the inevitable.  Your in our thoughts Luis.




Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

little tacky to put this article in a column named "Eye on the ball" dont yah think?? 



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

WOW.  When I heard he was airlifted I knew it was serious.  I always wondered what a bench coach did.  Zimmer comes to mind.  I would assume that they remind people in the dug out that they should pay attention.  Fire the bench coach.



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

I was at the game when this happened.  After Salazar got hit with the ball you could see his body tighten up and he just fell out the top fence of the dugout.  Everyone in the staduim knew right away that it wasn't good.  You could see McCann shaking in the batters box waiting for the pitcher to hurry and throw the last strike then he was almost out of his uniform by the time he got off the field to go to the hospital.  It is one of the horrific accidents you don't wish on anyone.  As a Cardinals fan i feel for the coach his family and the entire Braves organization



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

I noticed that as well.  They should have ran the story somewhere else on the website.



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Am I the only one in the CBS world that reads through the posts so I don't post identical thoughts?

This is a tragedy that we hear about because it is the pros. We had a local lady  hit in the face with a line drive at a college game. She lost her right eye and is still undergoing surgeries six years later. Is it a money issue or ignorance?
And to the clown who blamed the "good 'ol boys" (Whitey): Find a new line. W is gone and you'll be alright as soon as the Savior's stimuli kick in.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

To McCann-  It was a pure accident.  The best hitter in the world couldn't do something like that even on purpose.   You'll get over it.  Just be glad he's alive.  Go on hitting . 



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Really, really unfortunate. I feel for both. Mcann will be lucky if he bats 200 this year. That will play on his mind all year. I wish the best for both mcann and salazar.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Top banner syas: "Eye On Baseball". That's just mean.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

The troubling thing about all this is that the article states he was watching the at-bat.  Its one thing to get hurt when you aren't paying attention, its another to get hurt when you are.  It basically means, is virtually unavoidable with the status quo.  Nets are probably a good idea.  Who cares if you can't get a foul ball anymore, I mean really, is it THAT exciting?  I home run is much more exciting anyway.


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