Luis Salazar May Manage This Season; McCann Better; Berra Fine

When Braves’ minor league manager Luis Salazar was hit by a line drive in the dugout two days ago, the players and media who could see what happened all thought the same thing – that the former big league outfielder was dead. Today, Atlanta General Manager Frank Wren says Salazar could be back to work, managing, this season. “The doctors have told us ‘no reason why not.'” Wren says Salazar underwent surgery the day of the nightmare, then had an operation on his eye and faces a second one, probably today. But while the ex-Padre has multiple facial fractures, as his facial swelling has receded, the extent of his good fortune has been revealed.

Within hours, Salazar was speaking and visiting with his family, including his son-in-law Franklin Gutierrez, the center fielder of the Seattle Mariners who traveled from their Arizona training camp to be at his bedside. “It’s obviously very encouraging that he’s looking to get back on the field,” Wren noted as he reflected on how the situation has improved from the initial sense of fatality. It is not all good news, however; Braves sources say – and the second operation today seems to confirm – that Salazar’s vision in his left eye is still in jeopardy.

Brian McCann played today for the first time since he hit the line drive that hit Salazar. Friends say he has been cheered by the improving news, after being so shaken initially that he doubted he could ever play again. McCann went 0-for-3 against the Yankees, left early, and will not play Saturday, but happily not for reasons related to the injury. He had already been given half of Friday and all of Saturday off by manager Fredi Gonzalez, so he could participate in a wedding (and even the rehearsal) elsewhere in Florida.

ON AN EVEN HAPPIER HEALTH NOTE:
Yogi Berra is fine after he tripped on a carpet edge while reaching for some broth at Clearwater on Thursday and landing on his derriere (and being hospitalized for a few hours to make sure that nothing was damaged besides his dignity).

The Hall-of-Famer was asked how he enjoyed the trip to the Phillies’ camp. Reply? “I didn’t like the soup.”

Yogi was well enough today to stay for the length of the Yankees’ game in Tampa against the Atlanta Braves. You see him here preparing to leave, with Ron Guidry at the left.
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4 Comments

Hey Keith!! Just wanted to stop by your MLBlog and say HI!
About 20 years ago while you were doing the Sports here in Southern California I caught a home run ball out in the left field seats in Anaheim. During the highlights of that game during your sportscast you call me “Little Albie Pearson”. That is one of my favorite moments of all the home runs that I have caught over the years!!

John Witt
Major League Ballhawk
http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com

It looks like the Gator knows where to get some valuable memorabilia….
I’d like to share something told to me by Yogi that I’ve never heard repeated elsewhere. Having had the pleasure of meeting him once, a few years ago, I was treated to a few special insights, “Yogisms” & stories. A kind, sweet, wonderful man.

Mr. Berra told me that, while playing for the Newark Bears, they used to really speed the game up at around the 7th inning. He waited for me to ask him why, and then he said that the Newark ballpark was located next to the city’s trash dump- and “that smell would get really bad as the day wore on.”
While directing me later in the car to his home in Montclair, we were about a block away when he told me “When we get to the fork in the road, take it”. Yeah, I know this is a stock Yogiism. But at that fork either way you go will circle directly around to his house…….

Mr. Berra told me that, while playing for the Newark Bears, they used to really speed the game up at around the 7th inning. He waited for me to ask him why, and then he said that the Newark ballpark was located next to the city’s trash dump- and “that smell would get really bad as the day wore on.”
While directing me later in the car to his home in Montclair, we were about a block away when he told me “When we get to the fork in the road, take it”. Yeah, I know this is a stock Yogiism.

Here we go. Yankee fan dumps on Bochy for picking Ryan “helluva story” (your words) Vogelsong for All Star team. 1st: Never heard Yankee fans griping when Joe Torre brought half his squad to the game. 2d: Vogelsong is legit reason Giants are in first place. 3d: Bochy won the World Series. Can pick who he wants. Get over it.

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