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Lara undergoes surgeries after near-fatal car accident in Dominican Republic

12/24/2007 - MLB Juan Lara Cleveland Indians + more

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians pitcher Juan Lara, who was nearly
killed in a car accident last month while coming home from a game
in the Dominican Republic, underwent two surgeries Sunday.

The Indians said the 26-year-old's spine was stabilized and he
also had an arm fracture repaired. The operations were performed by
Dr. Jeff Lawton and Dr. Doug Orr at the Cleveland Clinic.

Lara sustained life-threatening injuries when the SUV he was
driving was slammed into at an intersection by a motorcycle on Nov.
24. Both the motorcycle's driver and passenger were killed
instantly.

Lara had severe brain trauma, a fractured spine, two broken ribs
and a punctured lung in the crash. Doctors kept Lara in a medically
induced coma for weeks before fitting him with a halo vest to
support his neck.

He was flown from Santo Domingo, where he had been hospitalized
since the accident, to the U.S. on Friday. The club said after he's
released from the Clinic he will return to the Dominican Republic
for treatment.

Lara pitched in one game for the Indians last season. He went
4-3 with two saves and a 3.88 ERA in 52 appearances for Triple-A
Buffalo.