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Coach Hit By Line Drive Loses Eye

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Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar (AP Foto/David J. Phillip)

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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.

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