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Cleveland Indian pitcher Juan Lara seriously injured in auto accident

The twenty-six-year-old spent most of last season in the minor leagues. From AP-

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cleveland Indians pitcher Juan Lara was seriously hurt in a car accident after a Winter League game this weekend in the Dominican Republic, a spokesman for the American League team told baseball Web site

Two people died in the accident Saturday night, and Lara was taken to a Dominican hospital for treatment, according to Indians spokesman Bart Swain.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper quoted an unnamed team spokesman as saying Lara suffered “life-threatening injuries.”

Left-handed reliever Lara was stopped in his car at an intersection in San Pedro de Macoris shortly after his Winter League game for Estrellas when a motorcycle slammed into the vehicle, Swain said.

The two people riding the motorcycle were killed.

Cardinal pitcher Josh Hancock was the last active MLB player to be killed in an auto accident. Lets pray Lara recovers from the crash.

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