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Griffey off to a bad start; out of lineup for opener

Postby WebHamster » Tue Apr 06, 2004 2:00 am

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. is not in the starting lineup for Monday's season opener due to another injury.

The 34-year-old Griffey strained his calf in a spring training game last week versus Florida.

Before Monday's game against the Cubs, Griffey tested the calf but the Reds decided to rest him a few more days for precautionary reasons. Griffey, though, could be used in a pinch-hitting role versus Chicago.

Griffey, in his fifth year with the Reds, has been plagued by injuries during his tenure in Cincinnati. He was hindered by a hamstring injury in 2000 and 2001, tore a tendon in his knee in the first week of the 2002 campaign and dislocated his shoulder in the opening week of last year. In addition, Griffey also underwent surgery last season for a torn tendon in his ankle.

Griffey, who spent the first 11 years of his career in Seattle and looked to be on track to break Hank Aaron's home run record, batted just .247 with 13 homers in 53 games last year.

He has 481 homers and a batting average of .294 in his career.
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