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Luis Salazar, former Dodgers minor league manager, loses eye after being hit by line drive

March 16, 2011 |  2:59 pm

Salazar_225 Former Dodgers minor league manager Luis Salazar lost his left eye after being hit in the face by a line drive last week.

It could have been much worse for Salazar, now a minor league manager in the Atlanta Braves organization.

“In the big picture, and that's what we have to keep in mind, this is a good outcome,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday. “He's alive.”

Salazar's eye was removed by doctors on Tuesday, six days after he was struck by a foul ball hit by St. Louis' Brian McCann while standing on the top step of the dugout during a spring training game between the Braves and Cardinals.

The 54-year-old former major leaguer fell into the dugout head-first and was airlifted to an Orlando hospital. He regained consciousness along the way and was treated for multiple facial fractures.

According to Wren, Salazar should return to Braves camp at some point this spring and expects to manage Lynchburg of the Class A Carolina League this season as planned. The minor league season begins April 7.

“Doctors have told us and him that there is no reason why, in about four or six weeks, he can't manage his team as he anticipated,” Wren said.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Luis Salazar. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press