The manager of the team's high-Class A team in Lynchburg, Va., and his staff joined the Braves' big-league staff for a week starting on Tuesday. While it's common for minor league coaches to join the major league teams after the end of the minor-league season, Salazar's return means more because of the spring training accident that cost him his left eye.
"I'm very glad the Atlanta Braves organization made the decision not because of what happened to me in spring training, but because of the job we did in the minor leagues, in player development," Salazar told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We made a lot of progress down there with those kids. We did a lot of nice things down there."
On March 9, Salazar was hit in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Brian McCann. He was knocked unconscious and remained that way for approximately 30 minutes. He was taken by helicopter to a local hospital where he was treated for facial fractures and a broken forearm. He had two surgeries to try to save his left eye, but it was ultimately removed. He now wears a prosthetic eye.
Salazar was able to perform all his on-field duties including throwing batting practice this season.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.