Saturday, August 5, 2000
Larkin injures knee on slide
CINCINNATI -- A sprained knee ligament will sideline
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin for up to five days.
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
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