Sunday, April 13, 2003

Reds Notebook


Griffey mum about shoulder

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A week after dislocating his right shoulder diving for a fly ball, Ken Griffey Jr. made a brief appearance in the Reds dugout before Saturday's game.

The Reds center fielder is expected to be out until at least mid-May, and is busy rehabilitating the right shoulder.

Asked Saturday how the shoulder felt, Griffey was tight-lipped.

"I'm not allowed to talk about it," he said. "I can't say anything."

Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' medical director, said Griffey's rehabilitation program includes range of motion exercises as well as those to strengthen his rotator cuff muscles.

The goal is to keep the shoulder muscles strong, but also to strengthen the muscles to help prevent future dislocation.

ACHING CALF: Shortstop Barry Larkin was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day.

The 38-year-old, who strained his calf Thursday in Houston, was examined by Kremchek and is day-to-day.

Larkin said the calf was sorer Friday than it was Saturday.

"We kind of want to get him symptom-free," manager Bob Boone said. "That's kind of a dangerous spot. ... I don't want it to linger."

FIRST STEAL: Second baseman Aaron Boone's stolen base in the first inning marked the Reds' first this season.

The 1957 Reds were the last team to play their first 10 games without a stolen base.

Cincinnati stole three bases against the Phillies Saturday.

"That's not going to be a mainstay of our game, but it is nice," Aaron Boone said. "You want that to be a factor because it does put a little pressure on the defense and the pitcher."

MINOR MATTER: Infielder Russell Branyan, who's been on the 15-day disabled list, is expected to join Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

Branyan underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum Dec. 3.

UP NEXT: The Reds wrap up their three-game home series with the Phillies today. Ryan Dempster (1-0, 2.30) is scheduled to start for the Reds, while lefty Randy Wolf (1-0, 3.09) starts for Philadelphia.




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