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03/12/08 9:22 PM ET

Slocum exits start with groin strain

Righty goes just two-thirds of an inning against Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brian Slocum can add another to his growing list of nagging injuries.

Slocum, a right-handed starter slated for the Triple-A Buffalo rotation, left Wednesday night's start against the Braves after just two-thirds of an inning because of a mild right groin strain. He was charged with allowing two runs on two hits in his third appearance of the spring.

"Little things here or there are adding up," Slocum said.

Slocum, who made his big league debut in 2006, missed most of 2007 because of a right elbow strain, a left hamstring strain and surgery to repair a deviated septum. He was held back early in camp this year because of back spasms.

Now this.

Slocum felt soreness in his groin when he threw his second warmup pitch but decided to try to work through it. Eventually, he had to call team trainer Lonnie Soloff over, and he was pulled from the game.

"It'll probably just be a couple days or so," Slocum said. "It's a minor thing. I'm just frustrated."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.