Ken Griffey Jr. was not in the lineup Friday night against the Florida Marlins. This is going to be a regular thing under Pete Mackanin. Griffey also had an off day Sunday.
“We had a discussion with Griff, (trainer) Mark Mann and I,” Mackanin said. “We all agreed that from here on down we’re going to pick spots for him to take a day off. He’s not getting any younger. I think he’s going to remain productive. But we’ve got to make sure he doesn't tire out.”
"The manager's office is like Vegas: What goes on in there, stays in there."
But what does he think of getting regular?
"I'm employee No. 3. I don't waiver on that."
Griffey, it sshould be noted, was smiling when he said that.
I think it's a good plan. The guys hasn't played more than a handful of games in September since 2001. If it helps keep him healthy, it's a great idea.