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Matt Imhof, a 2014 second-round pick of the Phillies and starting pitcher for one of their single-A teams, had his right eye removed ( after the anchored resistance band he was using snapped free from the wall. The anchor hit him in the face, and he announced on Instagram that doctors removed the eye after reconstructive surgery failed to restore vision.

As many of you know on Friday June 25th I had an accident. A large price of metal hit me in the head/eye resulting in a fractured nose, 2 fractured orbital bones, and most significantly, the loss of vision in my right eye. I was immediately taken to the ER and then transferred to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the #1 eye hospital in the world. That night, the doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape. The doctors told me they were going to do everything possible to reconstruct it but in all likelihood I would never regain sight in my right eye. The first surgery was somewhat a success but overall nothing had changed, so after discussions with my family and my doctors, it was decided that the best chance I had to live a normal life was to have my right eye removed and have a prosthetic one put in. This decision was not an easy one to make but to me it seemed like the right one so on Tuesday afternoon I went forward with the surgery. I'm currently still in Miami recovering from surgery but I'm doing well. This has been the hardest week of my life but I've had amazing support from my family and friends to help me get through it. For those who have been wishing me well, your support has not gone unnoticed and I appreciate everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. I had the best doctors in the world doing their best work on me and for that I am grateful as well. Although this injury has been tough it could have been much worse...I'm lucky to still have vision in my left eye...I'm lucky that i didn't have brain damage...and I'm lucky to be surrounded my the most loving and understanding people in the world. I just wanted to write this message to let everyone know that even though I suffered some bad luck, I'm not dead. I'm gonna be alright, I'm gonna persevere, and I'm gonna succeed. It takes more than this to bring me down. Again thanks to everyone for the support .

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No word on whether or not Imhof is going to return to the mound, but it isn't necessarily a career-ending injury. Juan Sandoval was in the Mariners system when he took a shotgun blast to the chest and face, and he bounced around a few minor league teams (as high as AAA). Sandoval currently pitches in the Mexican League. Also, the Red Sox had Abe Alvarez (who lost the sight in one of his eyes after an infection) make a couple of spot starts from 2004-2006, awarding him a World Series ring in 2004.

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