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Luis Salazar returns to Braves camp

Luis Salazar

Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar, who was hit in the face by a line drive last week and had his left eye removed, appears before a spring training baseball game between the Braves and the Florida Marlins on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Luis Salazar is out of the hospital and on the mend following his awful injury in the Braves dugout a couple of weeks ago. Mark Bowman of has both the story and video of Salazar talking about his recovery.

“I’d like to thank God that I’m talking to you guys and that I’m alive,” Salazar said. “God gave me a second chance in this world, and I’m going to take advantage of it. I really appreciate it.”

As you can see in the pic, he looks pretty good all things considered, with the area around his left eye swollen but not particularly awful looking. Kind of like a boxer the morning after a fight, actually. He’s able to drive and he’ll soon be rejoining the Braves minor leaguers as he takes the help of high-A Lynchburg.

Salazar has no recollection of what went down after the incident. The last thing he remembers was the ball hitting him and then nothing. Our brains get us into a lot of trouble, but they’re pretty good at protecting us too.