- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2011

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (AP) - Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was scheduled for more facial surgery Thursday, a day after being hit by Brian McCann’s foul liner while standing in the dugout during an exhibition game.

Braves spokesman Brad Hainje said “it may be another day or two before we have final clarification on everything they had to do.”

Salazar had surgery Wednesday after being airlifted to the hospital. Braves general manager Frank Wren said earlier the 54-year-old former major leaguer may have sustained a concussion and might have damage around his left eye.

McCann did not play Thursday when the Braves took on St. Louis. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said he expected McCann to be in the lineup on Friday when the Braves play the New York Yankees in Tampa.

McCann took himself out of Wednesday’s game moments after the accident, then went to the hospital and was with Salazar’s family.

“Yesterday was a tragic day,” McCann told reporters at the Braves‘ camp on Thursday. “It’s just a helpless, sick feeling.”

McCann said he was thankful to hear Salazar had not sustained any brain damage.

“You just think the worst could have happened and it didn’t,” he said.

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