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Saturday, August 5, 2000
Larkin injures knee on slide

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- A sprained knee ligament will sideline Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin for up to five days.

Barry Larkin

It's the second injury that Larkin has sustained since agreeing to a $27 million, three-year contract extension July 23. He also dislocated the pinkie finger on his right hand July 26, but popped it back into place and didn't miss any starts.

Larkin walked into the clubhouse Saturday wearing a brace on his left knee, which he hurt a night earlier sliding into a base.

"The timing will be two to five days, roughly," Larkin said. "It depends on how I feel and I feel horrible today, worse than I felt yesterday."

Larkin, 36, slid hard while stealing second base in the first inning of a 2-1 loss to Florida. He stayed in the game until the fifth, when he came out as part of a double-switch.

"I jammed it on the bag," Larkin said. "The dirt was really hard and I didn't slow down at all. I just didn't stick at all. I thought I'd just jammed it, but it just got worse."

Dr. Timothy Kremchek examined him after the game and diagnosed a sprained medial collateral ligament.

"I can't explain it," Larkin said. "It's one of those things."