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Lara's injuries even more severe

The news continues to be grim on Bisons/Indians reliever Juan Lara, who was critically injured Saturday in the Dominican Republic when his stopped car was plowed into by a motorcycle. The bike's driver and passenger were both killed.

The latest report on Lara issued late Tuesday afternoon discusses severe brain trauma, a fracture in the spinal column and an uncertain prognosis about paralaysis. The 26-year-old remains in critical condition.

The Bisons have made no official comment on Lara but are of course monitoring the situation closely. All information is coming directly from the Cleveland Indians, who have sent assistant GM John Mirabelli and Latin American operations director Lino Diaz (brother of ex-Buffalo catcher Einar Diaz) to the Dominican to be at Lara's side.

Lara's 52 appearances for the Herd in 2007 were the seventh-most by a reliever in Buffalo's modern era. The left-hander was a key member of the Buffalo bullpen and certainly figured into Cleveland's plans at some point in 2008. But at this point, Lara's baseball future is of little consequence to the Indians with his life hanging in the balance.

---Mike Harrington

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