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Kearns to be reexamined next Monday

CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Austin Kearns got a small cast
on his left forearm Tuesday after breaking a bone when he was hit
by a pitch.

Ryan Vogelsong's pitch hit Kearns just above the wrist in the
first inning Monday night in Pittsburgh. X-rays detected a break in
a forearm bone.

While the Reds headed to Milwaukee for a series, Kearns returned
to Cincinnati and had more tests that confirmed the break. The Reds
will have a better idea of how long he'll be sidelined when Kearns
is examined again next Monday.

It's the second year in a row that Kearns has been hurt early in
the season.

He played in only 82 games last year because of a shoulder
injury. He hurt his right shoulder while sliding into home May 21
and later had surgery to fix significant damage.

He wasn't fully recovered when spring training opened but got
better as it went along. He was in a 2-for-23 slump that dropped
his average to .137 when he was hit.