Luis Salazar, hit in the face with a lined foul ball off the bat of Brian McCann in the first inning of today's game, is reportedly doing better, according to Mark Bowman.
Salazar is now responsive and breathing on his own. He has multiple facial fractures and an eye surgeon is looking at his left eye. Brain damage has been ruled out, according to David O'Brien. His son, Carlos, was at the game and his family is with him at the hospital.
The situation was extremely grave for a while, as Salazar was having difficulty breathing and was unresponsive for up to 20 minutes. He was out as soon as the ball hit him, and he landed face first on the dugout ground. McCann was shaken up following the situation, and he left the game immediately after his at bat.
Chipper Jones provides quotes that sum up how serious the situation was, courtesy of O'Brien.
Certainly, a ball hit that hard, at that short a distance, can certainly kill somebody if it hits them in the right spot. I’m so glad to hear that he’s conscious and breathing on his own. But, yeah, there were some times where there were some worried looks on the some paramedics’ faces.
I looked at his chest to see if he was breathing, and right when I thought to look at this chest to see if he was breathing, one of the paramedics said, ‘Is he breathing?’ And he put his hand on his chest and said he was breathing really, really shallow. At that point you’re like, his life could be in danger.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Salazar and his family.