Photo from NY Future Stars, I'm positive.
In “Things that make me scream ‘NO!’ at my computer” news, Sean Ratliff is apparently out for the year with that eye injury he ended up with after being hit in the face by a foul ball whilst in the on-deck circle. Although he’s been recovering fairly well, it’s sounding like he’s going to be missing the season, and that breaks my heart because he’s not only one of my favorite Mets prospects but, well, he went here.
Fortunately, the injury isn’t as bad as it could have been, and Ratliff’s already had two surgeries to correct his bone structure in his face already. He’s going to definitely recover from this, although the fact that the incident happened right after the Luis Salazar injury that cost the latter the use of one of his eyes, it was very scary. Thankfully, it seems that all is well and he’s going to be just fine. We’ll see him play baseball again.
Ratliff’s aware that he’s still lucky:
Iâ€™m very blessed that it didnâ€™t happen that way. That was the first thing that went through my mind. I wasnâ€™t knocked out or anything. I was on the ground. I was like, â€œYouâ€™ve got to be kidding me, this is going to happen to me too?â€
You donâ€™t wish something like what happened to Luis Salazar happening to anybody. I was scared for a little while there that I wasnâ€™t going to be able to see, or I wasnâ€™t going to play again. Iâ€™m still not completely out of the woods yet with returning, or being able to play. But God has blessed me with hopefully a second chance here.
Mets fans who like Stanford can also keep tabs on Joey August, who’s still playing this season. …oh, never mind that, he’s been released. So there’s that, too. I guess I should go remove the pride of South Salem High School from the pros list unless he’s signed somewhere.
If you know where Joey August is, contact Unsolved Mysteries so I can yell UPDATE at you in a deep, mock-dramatic voice and post where he’s playing, if he’s playing anywhere. For now, his claim to fame will still be North Salem High School senior Jed Lowrie hitting a homer on the varsity field and hitting him in the leg on the JV field.