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Indians' Lara hospitalized following car accident

11/25/2007 - MLB Juan Lara Cleveland Indians + more

CLEVELAND -- Indians reliever Juan Lara was involved in a
serious car accident in the Dominican Republic that left him
hospitalized with unknown injuries, a team spokesman said Sunday
night.

Lara was returning from a winter league game Saturday night in
San Pedro de Macoris when the sports utility vehicle he was driving
was hit by a speeding motorcycle, instantly killing the two people
on the motorcycle, Indians spokesman Bart Swain said.

Lara was stopped at an intersection when he was struck on the
passenger side. Swain couldn't provide any further details on
Lara's condition.

"We are monitoring his status very closely," Swain said, "and
he is definitely in our prayers right now."

The 26-year-old Lara, originally signed by the Indians in 1999,
spent most of last season with Triple-A Buffalo. He was recalled
from the minors on Sept. 4 and made his only appearance for the
Indians two days later, working 1 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

The left-hander pitched in nine games for the Indians in 2006.
That year, Lara also pitched for Buffalo and Double-A Akron,
compiling a 5-3 record before making his major league debut Sept. 8
against the Chicago White Sox.

Lara had seven scoreless outings for the Indians, who signed him
out of their Dominican Academy in 1999.