SARASOTA, Fla. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has another injury. This
one doesn't appear to be too serious.
The Cincinnati Reds' outfielder strained his right calf while
running out a grounder in his first at-bat Monday night, and left
the game an inning later as a precaution.
"At this point in spring training with the beginning of the
season so close, we don't want to take any chances," trainer Mark
Mann said. "We got him out of there."
In each of the last three years, Griffey sustained a major
injury near the start of the season. Last year, he dislocated his
shoulder in the fifth game of the season, returned and tore a
tendon in his right ankle. He had surgery for both injuries.
Griffey, 34, hasn't been hurt this spring, running easily on his
surgically repaired ankle. He has struggled at the plate, batting
He slipped on the soft dirt around home plate as he took his
first step out of the batters' box in the first inning of a 6-2
victory over Pittsburgh. He continued hard down the line, slowing
after he realized he was going to be out.
Mann saw Griffey slip, but the outfielder didn't mention any
problem. He played center for one inning, came to the bench and
talked to the trainer.
"He told me that he did it and there was some soreness," Mann
Griffey jogged toward the clubhouse to get treatment.
"That's obviously very encouraging," Mann said. "Tomorrow
we'll have a better indication of the severity of this."
Griffey, who had left when the clubhouse opened to reporters,
was given a walking boot for the night. He will most likely miss
some playing time in the final week of spring training.
The Reds open the season Monday against the Chicago Cubs.