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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Luis Salazar: ‘I'm very fortunate to be alive’ after losing eye

Luis Salazar hopes to manage Lynchburg’s team next month. (David Goldman / AP)
Luis Salazar, the minor-league manager who lost an eye after being struck by a line drive two weeks ago, rejoined the Atlanta Braves today.

“I'm very fortunate to be alive,” Salazar said in Kissimmee, Fla. “God gave me a second chance in this life, and I'm going to take advantage of it.”

Salazar, who said he hopes to manage the Braves’ Class A Lynchburg, Va., team next month, was standing in the dugout when a line drive by Braves catcher Brian McCann struck him during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 9. Despite multiple operations, his eye had to be removed on March 15.

“I feel really good and this is a big day for me,” Salazar said , via the Associated Press. “I shook hands with all my friends.”

McCann was shaken by the incident and has visited Salazar.

“Brian McCann is a very sensitive kid and he was worried about my health,” Salazar ,54, said. “We talked for about three hours. I told him what happened could happen to anybody. I told him move on and forget the incident.”

McCann is in awe of Salazar.

“His attitude is off the charts,” McCann said. “He's looking at [losing his eye] as a positive with what could have happened. He's alive. That's the most important thing.”

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