Lynchburg manager Luis Salazar will be among the minor league coaches the Braves reward with a September call-up. He’ll get the sentimental vote, after all he’s been through since losing his left eye in a spring training accident, but that’s not why the decision was made.
“When we looked at the guys that who were deserving, he was one of them,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “He’s done a terrific job with that team.”
Salazar, who was hit by a Brian McCann foul ball in spring training, underwent multiple surgeries but joined Single-A Lynchburg by its home opener and has managed the Hillcats throughout the season. They were 58-74 entering Wednesday but he’s guided the development of multiple top prospects from the 2010 draft.
Salazar will join the Atlanta Braves once Lynchburg’s season ends on Sept. 5 and remain with the club for a week. Typically the Braves rotate minor league coaches for one week each in September.
The Braves haven’t announced who their first player call-ups will be, but they are expected to start with a couple when rosters expand Thursday, possibly a reliever such as Anthony Varvaro or Cory Gearrin.
The Braves will add more players as Triple-A Gwinnett’s season wraps up, including both Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado. One of those top prospects is expected to start the second game of the Braves doubleheader against the Mets on Sept. 8.