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Cabrera expects to play Game 3 after injury

Cabrera expects to play Game 3 after injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera exited Cincinnati's 7-4 Game 2 loss to the Phillies on Friday after four innings, having aggravated a sore muscle in his left side.

To end the bottom of the fourth, Jimmy Rollins grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. After making the throw to first base, Cabrera was reaching for his left side as he jogged off of the field.

"I had to throw in the air and had to put extra strength in my rib cage and oblique," Cabrera said. "That's probably what happened. The pain was too much for me to step up and hit that [next] inning. I was hitting second."

In the top of the fifth inning, Paul Janish pinch-hit for Cabrera and remained in the game to play shortstop.

"I saw the doctor and he said it didn't look that bad," Cabrera said. "We'll see tomorrow how I feel. I think I will be able to play on Sunday."

Cabrera has been bothered by a sore oblique muscle for much of the second half of the season. He spent a month on the disabled list with the injury from Aug. 3-Sept. 3 and missed 27 games.

The injury still affected him at times since his activation, and Cabrera was given extra rest after the Reds clinched the NL Central on Sept. 28.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Mark My Word and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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