Morris, Larkin latest victims, as injuries mount for Reds

April 16, 1992

First baseman Hal Morris broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch yesterday and will be lost to the Cincinnati Reds for four to six weeks.

Cincinnati was hurt further when shortstop Barry Larkin twisted his right knee and bruised his left arm in a collision with outfielder Glenn Braggs. It could not immediately determined whether Larkin would miss any games.

Morris, who finished second to Terry Pendleton for the National League batting title last year, was hit by Charlie Leibrandt in the first inning of the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. He stayed in the game and went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts.

"It didn't start bothering him until a swing later in the game," general manager Bob Quinn said.

The hand was badly swollen after the game, and X-rays found a broken bone behind the knuckle of his right index finger.

The Reds already have reliever Rob Dibble and third baseman Chris Sabo on the disabled list. Dibble may be activated this weekend, but Sabo isn't eligible to return until April 23.

* BRAVES: Outfielder Deion Sanders, batting .447 and with a league-high 17 hits, including one home run and five triples, said that, despite another year on his contract with the NFL's Falcons, he wants to remain with the baseball team until the end of season.

Sanders' baseball contract expires July 31.

"Do we want to keep him the entire year?" said manager Bobby Cox. "You better darn believe it."

Falcons officials could not be reached for comment.

* CARDINALS: Pitcher Bryn Smith, 37, a former Orioles farmhand, is expected to miss at least two months after underdoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

Club physician Dr. Stan London said the surgery, performed Tuesday in Los Angeles, involved the removal of fragments and general cleaning of the elbow.

* PHILLIES: Outfielder Dale Murphy flew to Atlanta, where he will get his left knee flushed with a sterile saline solution by Braves physician Joseph Chandler today. The knee has been drained several times since late February.

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