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POSTED: March 9, 2011 3:34 p.m.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was airlifted to a hospital Wednesday after being hit in the face by a foul ball during an exhibition game.

There was no immediate word on Salazar's condition.

The 54-year-old Salazar was struck by Brian McCann's liner while sitting in the first-base dugout in the first inning of the game between the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.

"I heard he was breathing and had consciousness," Cardinals starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez said.

Spring training clubhouses usually are open to reporters midway through games. The Braves' locker room was still closed in the seventh inning.

The game was delayed nearly 20 minutes while an ambulance drove onto the field. Salazar was flown to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

McCann took himself out of the game after the accident.

Salazar played in the major leagues from 1980 through 1992 for San Diego, Detroit, the Cubs and the White Sox. He mostly played third base, was a career .261 hitter with 94 home runs, and played in the 1984 World Series for the Padres.

Salazar was set to manage the Braves' Class A team in Lynchburg, Va.

 

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