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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cubs 3, Reds 2 (Griffey update)

Ken Griffey Jr. was going to get tomorrow off. That might have made his injury -- a lower abdominal strain -- sting a little more. But he was actually in the pretty upbeat mood, considering his season is likely over. He'll be examined tomorrow in Cincinnati.

He hurt himself as he prepared to make a throw in the eighth inning.

Griffey had no regrets about playing.

“It's a situation where the games don't mean that much to us,” he said. “But they do to other teams. You've got to go out and finish strong. I knew I wasn't going to play much (in the next two series).”

Griffey thought he hurt it twisting to field the ball.

“It was probably the change in direction when I bent down,” Griffey said. “It’s been a little sore.”

Griffey went down to the turf in pain. He was able to walk off under his own power.

“You hope it’s not as bad as it feels,” Griffey said.


9 Comments:

at 11:34 PM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

Jr. getting injured...who would have thought.

 
at 11:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just glad it wasn't his hamstring again. Even a groin injury would have been bad news.

 
at 11:41 PM Blogger griffey3 said...

John,
I feel that Pete should take some heat for this because he had not given Junior enough rest and while I respect the "putting the best team out there" thing I feel that the Reds #1 priority should be "the Reds".

Am I way off on being a little upset with Pete?

 
at 7:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John..Regarding your comments today on Keppinger and Hopper.. I think you have lost sight of the trees in the forest.

Its a matter of team chemistry..with Hopper and Keppinger..this team does much better..for whatever reasons

I promise you it will be Freel that is traded John..that is if the Powers that Be know what they are doing

By the way..I dont think Gonzalez is that much better defensively than Keppinger

 
at 9:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken... please please please do not go anywhere near the Bengals medical staff. Stay as close to Great American Ballpark as possible.

 
at 9:14 AM Anonymous Gary214 said...

I'm sure there are some on here that will have their comments on this. Either a 'here we go again' or 'Great!! Now we can't trade him..'And I have to say I was one who was not on the JR Bandwagon when he was signed, but the guy has won me over.

He is not the player he once was, but he is still better than most in the game today. People rake him over the coals for what they deem a lack of hustle, but it is my opinion that he doesn't go full steam to first NOT because he won't...but because he can't! I think he has paced himself more this year to try and get a full season in...and it almost worked. And yes, he has dogged a few off-the-fence singles, but I still don't blame him for doing something 90% of HR hitters do...watch the blast!!

Those clammering for management to get rid of him are those that feel shorted by what the organization got in return for its investment in the guy. I know, I used to be one of them...until I realized it wasn't Griffey that shorted the Reds...it was fate. All one has to do is watch a replay of him hurling that ball underhand to Phillips to prevent a run from scoring, to see what a 'gamer' he truly is! His body may not allow him to do the things as well as he used to...but that doesn't keep his heart from trying!

I, for one, hope to see him in RF next year...and him and Dunn doing that silly head-patting celebration of theirs after a homerun!

Get well soon, JR, and thanks for memorable '07 season!

 
at 9:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With only 10 games left it doesn't really make much of a difference. Like he said how much is he even going to be playing at this point anyway. They should be getting the young guys out there and getting them some work. He could find out today that he is fine, and I would bet he still wouldn't be put in to play.

 
at 10:48 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Griffey rarely plays in September. Got 3 wks out of him this year cause he thought he could get 600 HRs. No chance of that, so its time to get back to the boat.

Thats OK, now we can see what our future holds, Jason Ellison or Buck Coats. BUT WAIT! Where is Jay Bruce?
What about Cantu? Can he play a little OF?

 
at 3:15 PM Blogger Ron said...

Griffey's contract has been an albatross hanging around this team's neck ever since the trade. Partially preventing us from being able to sign better free agent picthing which has so long been our achilles heal. Granted hind sight is 20/20 and I was as happy as anyone when it originally went down. I love Jr and I love the player he was but through no fault of his own, injuries have made his legacy here one of annual disapointment. In my opinion, this injury may have cost the Reds their last chance of trading him this offseason as teams will look at it as just another reason steer clear and we will be stuck with that huge contract for another season and end up keeping a better and younger player stuck in AAA.

 
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