This past Friday, Phillies pitching prospect was the victim of a freak training accident, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported. A piece of equipment malfunctioned and, as Imhof himself described it on his Instagram, “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.”
Doctors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute tried to reconstruct his eye, but they informed him that he would likely never regain his sight in that eye. The first surgery was successful, but he didn’t regain his vision, so Imhof agreed with his doctors that the best decision from a quality of life standpoint was to remove the eye in favor of a prosthetic eye.
Imhof ended his Instagram post with this motivational message:
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 .
Obviously, this is extremely bad luck for Imhof, but it’s great to see that he is dealing with it as well as anybody could. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery and with whatever he chooses to do going forward, whether or not that involves baseball.
Imhof, 22, was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2014 draft. He was with Single-A Clearwater this season, where he posted a 3.91 ERA with a 48/43 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.