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Luis Salazar Loses Left Eye In Surgery, Plans To Continue Managing Braves Minor League Team

According to David O'Brien, doctors were unable to save Luis Salazar's left eye.

In his third surgery since being hit by a foul ball off the bat of Brian McCann, Salazar's left eye was removed Tuesday. This is awful news because they were not able to save his eye, but as Frank Wren said, in the big picture, it is great news that Salazar is even alive.

Salazar was drilled on the left side of his face by a line drive from McCann during the first inning of a spring game last Wednesday against the Cardinals. Salazar, who was standing on the top steps of the dugout, was immediately knocked out and hit the dugout ground face-first. He laid unresponsive for up to 20 minutes while personnel worked on giving him oxygen. He was airlifted to the hospital in Orlando, where he has been since.

Salazar is expected to return home to Boca Raton for one week and be reevaluated in Orlando. He could return to camp after that. The best news is doctors said he could return to managing in 4-6 weeks. The Braves plan to let him continue managing A+ Lynchburg.

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