Larson accepts trip to minors

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2004

CINCINNATI (AP) - Third baseman Brandon Larson decided not to cut his ties with the Cincinnati Reds, accepting a demotion to the minor leagues on Wednesday.

Larson had the option of refusing the assignment to Triple-A Louisville and becoming a free agent, but went along with the move. It's probably only a matter of time before the Reds cut him loose.

Cincinnati designated him for assignment on Monday to open a roster spot, an indication the Reds had given up on the injury-prone infielder.

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Larson, 28, has been on the disabled list three times this season, missing 80 games. He hit only .212 in 40 games, including 33 starts.

He was the Reds' first-round draft pick in 1997. His career has been repeatedly sidetracked by a series of injuries, and he failed to take advantage of opportunities to win the job at third base in each of the last two seasons.