Matt Imhof, a Philadelphia Phillies prospect who was the organization's second-round pick in 2014, has lost his right eye in an absolutely crazy accident. Imhof posted the above photo to Instagram with a lengthy caption explaining what happened. Imhof, 22, said a large piece of metal hit him in the head, breaking his nose and two orbital bones and causing him to lose vision in his right eye.

Imhof, a 6-foot-5 lefty, was rushed to the emergency room and then transferred to one of the top eye care facilities in the world.

"The doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape," Imhof wrote. "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."

Imhof had a surgery that was "somewhat" successful, but it didn't fix the problem. Imhof talked it over with his family and decided to have his eye removed and a prosthetic eye 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," Imhof wrote.

ESPN reports Imhof "was taking part in a routine stretching regimen after a game at Brevard County (Florida) when a piece of equipment malfunctioned and he was struck in the right eye."

He is currently in Miami recovering from surgery and though "this has been the hardest week of [his] life," Imhof says he is doing well.

"I just wanted to write this message to let everyone know that even though I suffered some bad luck, I'm not dead," Imhof wrote. "I'm gonna be alright, I'm gonna persevere, and I'm gonna succeed. It takes more than this to bring me down."

Shout out to you, Matt. This is unbelievably bad luck. We're pulling for you to recover to top pitching form and one day make the big leagues.

 

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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