Luis Salazar, a minor-league manager for the Atlanta Braves, was airlifted to a hospital after he was hit in the face by a foul ball today during an exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla.
Salazar, 54, was struck by a liner hit by Braves catcher Brian McCann in the first inning of the Grapefruit League game between the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. There was no word on the condition of Salazar, a former major-league player who manages the Braves’ Lynchburg, Va., affiliate.
He was standing in the dugout when the line drive struck him. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he lay motionless in the dugout before being attended to by medics and taken by stretcher to an ambulance that came on the field. Salazar was surrounded by team trainers, medics and security guards during a 14-minute delay in the game. Salazar was airlifted then to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
McCann was unable to continue playing after the accident.