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Sean Ratliff back on track with Mets

Following scary eye injury, power-hitting prospect hopes to pick up where he left off

Updated: February 16, 2012, 3:25 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Outfielder Sean Ratliff's rapid rise through the New York Mets organization derailed only a handful of days before minor league players broke spring training camp last year. It happened as quickly as it took a checked-swing foul ball to travel 10 feet off teammate Zach Lutz's bat.

"It was like a snap of the finger," Lutz recalled.

Ratliff, who was standing in the on-deck circle, was struck in the face during a Triple-A game in Jupiter, Fla. The blow broke six ...

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