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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