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By: Brandon Apter, Staff Writer

A little over a week and a half ago, Philadelphia Phillies prospect Matt Imhof suffered a career-threatening eye injury after a piece of equipment malfunctioned and shot into his right eye during a routine training regimen.

Imhof, the Phils second round pick in 2014, took to Instagram to update everyone on his status, which includes a decision to have his right eye removed.



A photo posted by Matt Imhof (@matt_imhof48) on


Here was Imhof's caption on the photo...

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 .

In 2014, the Philadelphia Phillies used their first round pick to select Aaron Nola. In the second round, they picked 6-foot-5 southpaw, Matt Imhof. He went 8-5 with a 3.94 ERA last season with Advanced 'A' Clearwater and was transitioned into a bullpen role after nine starts this season that saw him post a 4.33 ERA. He seemed to fare better out of the bullpen, allowing two runs in 9.1 innings of relief.

The Phillies signed him for a $1.2 million signing bonus as the 47th overall pick in 2014.


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