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Barry Larkin Leaves Game Early

June 26, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin left Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs after running out a grounder in the fifth.

With one out and a runner on third, Larkin hit a roller to third baseman Bill Mueller. Larkin made first as Mueller threw home too late to get Austin Kearns.

Larkin called for trainers and walked off the field under his own power. Larkin has muscle spasms in the upper shoulder and neck on his right side.

Juan Castro pinch ran for Larkin and took his place at shortstop in the bottom of the inning.

Larkin is the second key Reds player to leave a game because of injury in the past few days. Ken Griffey Jr. aggravated his sore right hamstring Sunday, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

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