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Reds Lose Larkin, Boone to Injuries

May 4, 2001

CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Cincinnati Reds lost the left side of their infield Thursday when shortstop Barry Larkin had to leave the game with a tight groin and third baseman Aaron Boone was hit on the wrist by a pitch.

The Reds already are missing Ken Griffey Jr., disabled by a torn hamstring.

Larkin pulled his groin while sliding into base during spring training and was limited to six games. He has been careful about running the bases out of fear of aggravating the injury.

He felt tightness in the groin after he slid into second base during the first inning of a game against Los Angeles on Thursday. He went for treatment instead of coming out to the field in the top of the second.

Larkin also missed two games because of a strained left wrist last month. He agreed to move into the leadoff spot in the order this season and has done well, batting .341.

Boone was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Luke Prokopec in the second inning. He stayed in the game for one more inning, then left for X-rays.

Boone struggled at the start of the season but had hit safely in four of his last five games, raising his average to .297.

The Reds got first baseman Sean Casey back from an injury Thursday. He was in the lineup after missing two games with a bruised foot.

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