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Strop 'doing fine' after car accident in Dominican Republic

CHICAGO -- Cubs officials say reliever Pedro Strop is "doing fine" after being involved in a two-vehicle accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday night.

Strop needed a few stitches on his left arm and has returned to his home, a Cubs official said Friday.

According to reports from the Dominican, the accident occurred in the San Cristobal province, west of the capital of Santo Domingo. Strop and a friend were in a car that crashed into a wall, and their vehicle and another vehicle involved were both destroyed.

The accident is the third involving a baseball player in the Dominican Republic in the last month. St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras was killed in a car crash on Oct. 26, and Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman was uninjured in a fatal car crash earlier this week.

In August, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro lost a relative and three friends in a fatal car accident in the Dominican.

Strop, 29, compiled a 2.21 ERA in 65 games last season with the Cubs.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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