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.
Beachy bit wild, Minor sharper in 'B' game
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor took the battle for the fifth spot in the Braves' rotation to one of the back fields Wednesday morning to pitch in a "B" game against a group of Cardinals Minor Leaguers.
Beachy briefly experienced some rare control problems while allowing two runs over four innings. The 24-year-old right-hander proved perfect in three of those innings. But he issued three walks and surrendered his only hit -- a two-run seeing-eye single through the middle of the infield -- in the third inning.
"Overall, I was pretty happy," Beachy said. "I was missing bats. The slider felt pretty good. The changeup felt good. I'm happy with it."
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When Beachy completed his outing, Minor limited the Cards to one run over four innings. He recorded seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits.
McLouth receives cortisone shot in shoulder
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves center fielder Nate McLouth received a cortisone injection Wednesday morning to relieve some right shoulder discomfort that he has felt since being tripped by Marlins ace Josh Johnson earlier this week.
"Hopefully this will be just a little minor thing that takes a couple of days and then we'll be done with it," said McLouth, who is hoping that he might be able to return to action as early as Friday, when the Braves travel to Tampa, Fla., to play the Yankees.
Atlanta's medical staff has told McLouth that it appears his shoulder is structurally sound. The veteran outfielder said he can swing in a pain-free manner, but feels some discomfort when he extends his arm while throwing.
"There's no damage," McLouth said. "I just banged it and it's sore. I don't want it to be something that lingers."
While fielding a first-inning bunt in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday, Johnson swiped to tag McLouth and caught his foot. McLouth landed on his shoulder, but played another four innings and tallied two more at-bats before exiting the game.
"It could have been a lot worse," McLouth said. "There's no separation or anything like that. I just banged it."
McLouth has hit .467 (7-for-15) during the early portion of the exhibition season. After hitting just .190 last year, he arrived in camp determined to prove he can still be a productive everyday player at the Major League level.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.