Lower ab strain sidelines shortstop

Updated: June 10, 2004, 3:40 AM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Reds shortstop Barry Larkin has a lower abdominal strain in his left side and will be out until at least Friday.

Barry Larkin

Larkin returned to Cincinnati on Wednesday, a day after he was injured in Oakland. He had an MRI and was examined by team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek.

Larkin, in his 19th season with the Reds, was to receive treatment Thursday and will be re-examined on Friday before his status is determined for a weekend series in Cleveland.

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old went to his knees after fielding an infield single in the fourth inning, but was able to walk off the field. He has been sidelined recently because of sore abdominal muscles. Tuesday's game was only his second start in a week.

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