Pirates reliever Damaso Marte involved in car accident in Dominican Republic

Updated: January 29, 2008, 10:09 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Damaso Marte was involved in a car accident while traveling to a workout Tuesday but did not suffer any significant injuries.

Marte complained of discomfort in his neck after the accident, said Fernando Ravelo, general manager of the reliever's winter league team, the Licey Tigers. Despite that neck stiffness, Marte completed his workout without any problems, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.

"He feels fine," said Huntington, who talked to Marte and Ravelo. "Thankfully, everybody's OK."

Marte's brother-in-law and daughter were riding in a car that was rear-ended by another car, causing that vehicle to ram into the back of Marte's vehicle. The daughter injured her mouth, but also was not seriously hurt.

Ravelo said the team will monitor Marte's health to decide whether he will play in upcoming games.

Marte was 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA last season with Pittsburgh, striking out 51 and walking 18 in 65 innings. He was one of the majors' top relievers against left-handed batters, holding them to an .094 batting average and no homers.


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