Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cincinnati outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. is expected to play on Wednesday, when the Reds resume their season-opening series versus the Chicago Cubs.
According to the Cincinnati Inquirer, Griffey will start in the second contest of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park. Griffey missed the 2004 opener on Tuesday because of a strained calf he sustained late in spring training. The Reds suffered a 7-4 loss.
The 34-year-old Griffey strained his right calf during a spring training game on March 29 and hasn't seen the baseball diamond since.
Griffey, who enters the 2004 season 19 home runs shy of 500 for his career, is coming off an injury-filled 2003 season in which he played only 53 games and hit .247 with 13 home runs and 26 RBI.
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.
He spent the first 11 years of his career in Seattle and has 481 homers and a batting average of .294 in his career.