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Reds Lose Two Pitchers to Injuries

March 1, 2002

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Cincinnati Reds right-handers Chris Booker and Jose Silva both are scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on Monday.

Booker has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and could miss the entire season.

Silva is to have bone chips removed from his right elbow, which he aggravated on the last day of Mexican Winter League, and he could be back in mid-May.

On Thursday, Silva was hit on his lower left shin by a line drive off the bat of the Yankees’ Enrique Wilson. X-rays were negative.

``I didn’t feel it,″ Silva said of the impact. ``It just went numb.″

He has not been able to ignore the elbow problem.

``In winter ball after my last game, I felt a little twinge. I took three weeks off before I came down here,″ Silva said. ``I thought I was just tired. I came down here and couldn’t throw the ball the way I wanted to. It took me a long time to warm up and I usually warm up pretty quick.″

Notes: Ken Griffey Jr. will remain sidelined through Sunday. He has been out since Wednesday with a stomach virus but hit in the batting cage Friday. ... The Reds agreed to one-year contracts with pitchers Jose Acevedo, Jim Brower, Lance Davis, Seth Etherton, Luis Pineda, Brian Reith, John Reidling and Chris Reitsma; outfielders Brady Clark and Ruben Mateo, and catcher Corky Miller.

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