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Cincinnati places third baseman Larson on 15-day DL

Posted: Monday August 18, 2003 5:34 PM
Updated: Monday August 18, 2003 5:37 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds placed infielder Brandon Larson on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an injured left shoulder.

Larson, who opened the season as Cincinnati's third baseman but slumped and was sent to the minors briefly, has a strained and swollen left shoulder.

Larson aggravated his left shoulder while diving for a ball on Saturday against Houston and missed Sunday's game. The injury was revealed in an MRI done Monday morning. He went on the disabled list at Triple-A Louisville with tendinitis in the shoulder earlier this season.

He will skip the Reds' road trip to Arizona and Houston and is to be evaluated in a week by Reds team physician Timothy Kremchek. Larson became the 17th Reds player to go on the disabled list this season, and the sixth since Dave Miley became manager on July 28.

Larson appeared in 32 games for Cincinnati this season. At Triple-A Louisville, he hit .323 with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs. The Reds plan to announce Larson's roster replacement before Tuesday night's game at Arizona.

Also Monday, the Reds transferred injured outfielder Austin Kearns to the 60-day disabled list. Kearns underwent season-ending surgery last week to repair damage caused in his right shoulder by a home plate collision with Atlanta catcher Ray King on May 21. Kearns is expected to fully recover by spring training.

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