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Luis Salazar Struck In Face By Brian McCann Hit, Regains Consciousness On Hospital Airlift

Luis Salazar, Atlanta Braves high class-A manager, was injured after being hit in the face by a hard foul ball off the bat of Brian McCann in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He remained unconscious on the ground for at least 14 minutes according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, eventually being taken to an ambulance via stretcher, and then to a local hospital via helicopter.

A shaken McCann left the game after the injury, with several other Braves and Cardinals players clearly upset. Multiple onlookers, including Albert Pujols, were under the impression that Salazar had died.

He eventually regained consciousness and became able to breathe on his own.

Salazar played 1,302 games in his MLB career, becoming a hitting coach with various shortly after retiring as a player, including a stint as the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach. This is his first season with the Braves organization.

For more on Salazar and the Braves, visit Talking Chop.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.