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Up-State
04-18-01, 09:42 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/news/2001/04/17/griffey_ap

'A significant injury'

Tests show Griffey has torn hamstring, out indefinitely

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ken Griffey Jr. will be out of the Cincinnati Reds' lineup indefinitely because of a partially torn left hamstring that is healing slowly.

A magnetic resonance imaging test on Tuesday found the partial tear in the lower part of the hamstring, which Griffey pulled during a spring training game one week before opening day.

Although Griffey could aggravate the injury by running, the team plans to continue using him as a pinch-hitter rather than putting him on the 15-day disabled list. Griffey, who is 0-for-8 as a pinch-hitter, wants to stay on the active roster even though he can't run.

"It was his decision, and the decision of (manager) Bob Boone and the general manager, not to put him on the disabled list and to keep him on the team in that capacity," Dr. Timothy Kremchek said.

By keeping Griffey active, the Reds are essentially playing with a 24-man roster. He can't run to first base, can't play the outfield and would have to be replaced with a pinch-runner if he ever reached base.

"Anytime you're stretching it and running, you risk damage," Kremchek said. "To this point, he's been asked to swing the bat and not run the bases, not to get down there real quick."

There's no way to tell how long it will be before Griffey can play again.

"This is not going to be measured in days," Kremchek said. "It's going to be measured in weeks when he's ready to play."

General manager Jim Bowden sounded optimistic that Griffey could be back sooner.

"He's making some improvement, but he's still not there yet," Bowden said. "We do not want Junior to take the field until we know he's not going to reinjure it. We don't know if it will be another week, 10 days or two weeks."

Griffey pulled the lower part of the left hamstring when he slipped while rounding third base during a spring training game in Florida. He tore the upper part of the same hamstring late last season.

The team didn't send him for an MRI in March because the injury didn't appear to be serious. Griffey had a strength test on Monday that found the muscle was still weak, prompting Kremchek to send him for the MRI.

That test on Tuesday found that Griffey has a partial tear lower part of the muscle.

"This is a significant injury," Kremchek said.

Griffey has been able to hit without a problem -- he knocks balls over the wall during batting practice. The problem is that he can't run. When he grounded out as a pinch hitter Sunday in New York, he jogged lightly first base.

Boone said he won't put Griffey in a game defensively until he's sure the center fielder can run without fear of irritating the injury. Boone is prepared to leave Griffey on the bench for as long as it takes.

"It gets everybody in the world nervous, but to me, when the guy's ready, he's ready," Boone said. "It's just one of those nagging, miserable injuries."

b-ball-lunachick
04-18-01, 10:01 AM
Originally posted by Up-State

"Anytime you're stretching it and running, you risk damage," Kremchek said. "To this point, he's been asked to swing the bat and not run the bases, not to get down there real quick."


this is one of the funniest/strangest quotes I've read all year...so, let me get this straight...he's going to remain on the roster to stand up there and try to hit a home run, and then start a home run walk instead of a trot...and risk damage by doing so...sounds like a great plan ;)

Up-State
04-18-01, 10:41 AM
Yeah its like Mark McGwire did last year...but he actually jogged around the bases. Seems like Griffey going to hurt his team in the long run if he's not placed on the d.l.. The Reds can only carry 24 players and one of those players is a gimp.

Bub
04-18-01, 11:39 AM
Dumb move by the Reds. What if he actually get a hit up the alley and further tears the hammy trying to get to second base? They're keeping him on the active roster for 1 possible plate appearance per game? Great way to treat your prized investment!

MonicaRFNY
04-18-01, 12:08 PM
Originally posted by Bub
Dumb move by the Reds. What if he actually get a hit up the alley and further tears the hammy trying to get to second base? They're keeping him on the active roster for 1 possible plate appearance per game? Great way to treat your prized investment!

Bub, that is exactly what I was thinking. I think it is totally irresponsible of the Reds to take a chance like this on their star player. They should just DL him now and let him take the time to heal. They will be better off in the long run because of it...