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Blue Jays’ Santiago Doing Better

January 5, 1998

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Toronto Blue Jays catcher Benito Santiago, injured in a one-car accident Sunday, is not expected to miss any time this season, a hospital spokesman said today.

``Mr. Santiago should be able to take the field by opening day,″ Broward General Hospital spokesman Chuck Malkus said. ``He may require additional medical attention for his facial injuries at another time, but it’s too early today to make that determination.″

Santiago, 32, who sustained cuts to his head and face when his Ferrari hit a tree, was in fair condition this morning at Broward General Hospital. Malkus said Santiago would remain hospitalized 3-4 days.

Santiago’s passenger, Francisco Arroyo, sustained a broken leg when he was ejected from the car. Arroyo, 43, underwent surgery Sunday night, and was in the intensive care unit in serious condition this morning.

``He was going at a pretty high rate of speed,″ Detective Clinton Ward said Sunday. ``Information is that he hit a bump and lost control of the car, colliding with a tree. ... As of now there is no suspicion of alcohol or drugs being involved.″

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