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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)

“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.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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