Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Griffey doesn't start as precaution

  1. #1
    Member OnBaseMachine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    West Virginia

    Griffey doesn't start as precaution

    Griffey doesn't start as precaution
    Knee injury not considered serious enough for MRI
    By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

    CHICAGO -- One day after Ken Griffey Jr. left the game because of stiffness in the back of his right knee, he reported feeling better Thursday. But in a precautionary decision, the Reds did not start their center fielder against the Cubs.

    Griffey, who also did not take batting practice Thursday morning, was available to pinch-hit.

    "He had a little work here early with heat and massage," Reds head trainer Mark Mann said. "It's a lot looser than when he left yesterday."

    Utility man Ryan Freel started in center field for Cincinnati.

    The 36-year-old Griffey said he hyperextended his knee chasing fly balls during batting practice Wednesday. He took himself out of the game in the fourth inning after striking out with an awkward swing against Greg Maddux.

    "With his medical history, we're obviously going to err on the side of caution," Mann said.

    Several of Griffey's recent seasons have been derailed because of various injuries, including a torn patellar tendon in the same right knee in 2002. He played just 70 games that season, followed by 53 games in 2003 and 83 games in 2004. Last season, he played 128 games and batted .301 with 35 home runs and 92 RBIs.

    This injury was not considered serious enough for Griffey to be sent for an MRI. But the 12-time All-Star is prepared for nearly any contingency and travels with special equipment so he can get treatments at the hotel when on the road.

    "It's something to have your own [stimulation] machine. I did the ice and stim all night," said Griffey, who is 12th on the all-time list with 538 career home runs.

    Griffey will be evaluated again Friday before its determined if he can start the series opener at St. Louis.

    Through eight games this season, Griffey is batting .258 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

    Even after they are told one of their players is ready to return, some managers will give that player one more extra day of rest before putting them back in the lineup. Reds manager Jerry Narron doesn't have that plan with Griffey.

    "With Junior, he's going to be definitely up front with it," Narron said. "What Junior tells me, I'm going to definitely trust. I think he's secure enough with his ability and his place in this game, that's he's not going to try and prove something."

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


  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Puffy 3:16 Puffy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Panama City Beach

    Re: Griffey doesn't start as precaution

    good news.
    "I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of bubble gum."
    - - Rowdy Roddy Piper

    "It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong. I am not a big man"
    - - Fletch

  4. #3
    Member Spitball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000

    Re: Griffey doesn't start as precaution

    I hope this is true. It seems last season's injury started out being reported this way, but he never did return to the line-up.

  5. #4
    The Lineups stink. KronoRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    West N. Carolina

    Re: Griffey doesn't start as precaution

    Go Gators!

  6. #5
    Moderator Tommyjohn25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Fairborn, OH

    Re: Griffey doesn't start as precaution

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    What he said.
    Benzinger backing and calling! And the 1990 world championship series belongs to the Cincinnati Reds!

Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!

RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball

Contact us: Boss | GIK | cumberlandreds | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | RedsfaninMT | redsfan1995 | The Operator