Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof lost his right eye in a freak training accident, he wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.
“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,” Imhof wrote.
According to the post, doctors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institue attempted to reconstruct Imhof’s eye, but he was told he would likely never regain sight. Following the first surgery, Imhof and his doctors decided that his best chance to “live a normal life” was to have the eye removed complete and have a prosthetic one put in.
“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,” Imhof wrote at the end of his post.
Imhof was the Philies’ second-round pick in the 2014 draft.