Monday, September 30, 2002

Griffey hopes for injury-free 2003

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTREAL - Ken Griffey Jr. was out of the Reds' lineup Sunday, meaning the outfielder started only 51 of Cincinnati's 162 games this season. But Griffey ends the year relatively healthy after two injury-plagued seasons.

        “I think he's close to being healthy,” Reds mana ger Bob Boone said. “Last year, he had to do a lot of rehab. This year, he can concentrate on conditioning. He's over the big injury - the hamstring.”

        Griffey missed 70 starts last year with a torn left hamstring. This year, he's had three separate injuries: a torn right patella tendon, a strained right hamstring and a strained left hip flexor/quadriceps.

        Griffey doesn't like to talk about the specifics of his offseason program.

        “I'll do what I always do,” he said. “I won't do anything I haven't done in the past. I have some people I work with.”

        Griffey sees his injuries as a rash of bad luck.

        “You can't control injuries,” he said. “It's like getting into a car. You never know when you're going to have an accident.”

        By that theory, Griffey is due a run of good luck.

        “You'd think so,” he said. “I'm going to continue what I've been doing. Then I'll go to spring training and go out and play. Two years ago, the 10 days before I got hurt, I was really running well.”


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