Lower ab strain sidelines shortstop

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

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.