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Bucs' Marte involved in car accident on way to workout


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.