LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves general manager Frank Wren was very appreciative of the assistance Disney employees provided after Minor League manager Luis Salazar was knocked unconscious during the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Cardinals at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.
"I'm not sure there's another complex in baseball that would have had the assets that we had with Disney, from a standpoint of the first responders and the folks that kind of rallied around us," Wren said.
Standing along the rail of the dugout located on the first-base side of Champion Stadium, Salazar was hit in the left eye by a ball pulled hard by Braves left-handed slugger Brian McCann. Knocked unconscious immediately, he fell down four steps and hit his head on the ground of the dugout.
Disney officials provided medical assistance in the dugout and coordinated that Salazar would be airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. In addition, they sent one counseling team to the hospital to help family members and another to the stadium to assist any of the Braves' players and coaches.
"Their response was unbelievable," Wren said.
Salazar suffered multiple facial fractures and will have to undergo further tests to determine the significance of damage to his left eye. But doctors have ruled out the possibility that he suffered brain damage and been encouraged that he can interact with family members.