Juan Marichal Injured in Accident
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal sustained serious head injuries when his car ran off the highway and crashed before dawn Monday.
Marichal, 60, the Dominican sports minister, was a passenger in the sport utility vehicle and briefly lost consciousness.
Police said weather was not a factor and the accident was being investigated.
Marichal was listed in serious but stable condition with injuries to the head, neck, spine and left leg at Santo Domingo’s Armed Forces Hospital, said a hospital director, Pedro Delgado Valdez.
He was later transferred to a medical center in the capital to undergo head X-rays.
``We will keep him under constant observation, but his situation isn’t critical,″ Delgado Valdez said.
The accident happened at 5 a.m. in Villa Altagracia, about 30 miles north of Santo Domingo. Police said Marichal was returning to Santo Domingo from the provincial capital of Santiago.
His driver, Bernardino Lopez Ferreras, and a security guard, Eduardo Rodriguez, also were seriously injured and were hospitalized in stable condition.
Marichal’s family and government officials rushed to the hospital, where the former star pitcher had regained consciousness, Delgado Valdez said.
Marichal had a 243-142 record while pitching for the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a career 2.89 ERA and won 20 or more games on seven occasions. He pitched a no-hitter for the Giants in 1963.
Marichal was appointed Dominican sports minister when Leonel Fernandez was inaugurated president in 1996.
In March, Marichal was briefly hospitalized in the Dominican Republic for diabetes.