Sad News for Minor League Manager Luis Salazar
This is why I have a tremendous amount of admiration for the bravery of Luis Salazar, the Atlanta Braves minor league manager who was nailed in the face by a line drive during a Spring Training game on March 9. He ended up losing his left eye.
Salazr, 54, was leaning against the railing on the top step of the dugout during a game between the Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals when Brian McCann fouled one in his direction. Salazar was unable to get out of the way, falling head-first back into the dugout.
Play was halted nearly 20 minutes while Salazar was airlifted to an Orlando hospital. He regained consciousness on the way and was treated for multiple facial fractures, but unfortunately, doctors were unable to save his eye.
McCann felt awful, unable to return to the game after the accident. He visited Salazar in the hospital and has kept in touch:
"It’s a crazy, crazy thing that happened. So unfortunate. You feel hopeless."
Salazar plans to return to camp at some point the Spring, before the minor league season begins on April 8. Unbelievably Brave.
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