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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: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Its pretty amazing that they don't have screens in the dugouts... or some kind of barrier
it took a young girl to lose her life at a NHL hockey game before nets went up behind the goalies.  You would think itll be easy enough to put a net up from the top of the dugout to 1st step or railing.  im surprised something like this hasnt happened more frequently.



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

This could affect anyone but a rock-I've seen some bad things in life, but would have a hard time getting this out of my mind.

May Sr Salazar recover, best he can, and let this be a reminder to all of us how things can change in a trice. Not all that much time is given us here. so best to enjoy it while we can.



Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:58 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Is it just me, or is it really cold of CBS Sports to include this article in their "Eye on Baseball" section?



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:57 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Couldnt imagine how bad Brian feels. Unavoidable but tragic. Hope it doesnt affect his season.  



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:57 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Wow this is tough news, but Frank Wren is right about the grand scheme of things. At least he didn't lose his life. Scary stuff, and I definitely agree with the poster who talked about dugout screens. Best wishes to Salazar during the recovery period.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:55 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

That's why I only sit in the outfield. At least I have a chance of dodging a line drive. I sat in the 1st row above the dugout once at a Braves v. Marlins game once -- never again. I couldn't even enjoy the game because I was preparing myself to avoid a foul ball the entire game. I was focused on every at-bat, every swing. 



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:49 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Glad to see I am not the only one who noticed that this was located in the "Eye on Baseball" section.




Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:47 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Its pretty amazing that they don't have screens in the dugouts... or some kind of barrier.  The ball comes in so fast....  They're not always paying attention on every pitch.  This is a very tragic result of not upgrading facilities due to the old boy network syndrome... or the mentality that "it's always been this way".   Base coaches should wear helmets and protective eye wear....  We are very lucky we haven't lost someone.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:42 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

CBS puts this story in the "Eye on Baseball" section?!?!   No class, CBS, no class.



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:41 am
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Salazar was in the dugout.  It was during a game, I believe 1st inning.


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