Baseball can be dangerous, especially from the rogue foul balls flying toward the fans. One danger that isn’t heard of that often is losing an eye from a foul ball. CBSSports is reporting that a minor-league coach had been hit by a line drive and lost an eye.
According to the report, Atlanta Braves’ general manager Frank Wren confirmed that on March 9, minor-league coach Luis Salazar was struck in the eye by a line-drive foul ball off the bat of catcher Brian McCann. He was standing in the dugout watching the at-bat.
Also reported is that Salazar was knocked unconscious for about 20 minutes before regaining consciousness and airlifted to a nearby hospital where he underwent three surgeries. One of those surgeries involved removing his left eye.
The minor-league coach will return to his team in four to six weeks.