Luis Salazar was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center on March 9, 2011 after being struck in the face by a foul line drive hit by Brian McCann. He was standing in the dugout in the first inning of a Braves’ exhibition game in Lake Buena Vista.
Salazar joined the Atlanta Braves organization in 2011 and was poised to serve as the manager of their Class A-Advanced minor league affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League.
The 54 year-old minor league manager sustains a concussion and will lose his left eye as a result of the injury.
Salazar was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2010.