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Thursday
Mar172011

Baseball Manager Loses Eye from Batted Ball

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) -- A minor league manager for baseball's Atlanta Braves lost an eye after being smashed in the face with a batted ball during a spring training game in Florida last week.

In the freak accident, a foul ball line drive hit by Braves catcher Brian McCann struck Luis Salazar as he was standing on the front steps of the dugout.  The force of the impact sent Salazar falling face first onto the ground, knocking him unconscious for 20 minutes.  Once medical teams revived him, he was airlifted to Orlando for further treatment.

Doctors said this week that they were unable to save Salazar's left eye after three surgeries.

Salazar will return to his home in Boca Raton when he is well enough.  The Braves have already said that once he recuperates, perhaps in four-to-six weeks, his job managing the Braves farm team in Lynchburg, Virginia will be waiting for him.

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