It’s looking more certain now that the injury suffered by Ken Griffey, Jr. yesterday is not serious. Of course, the Reds crack medical staff has misdiagnosed more players than Dr. Nick Riviera.

Marc Lancaster:

This injury doesn’t appear nearly as serious. The initial diagnosis was a sprained right foot and Griffey is day-to-day.

“It’s just a little sore, that’s it,” said Griffey, who was walking deliberately but without any visible limp in the clubhouse after the game.

He said the pain was on the bottom of his foot, which he lifted off the ground slightly and flexed a couple of times while talking to reporters.

Griffey said he’ll just wait and see how his foot feels today but will not play tonight against the Brewers. It will be the first game he has missed this season because of an injury.

“They said they wanted to give me a day off in the next couple days, and I think that may be (today),” said Griffey, who started his 25th consecutive game Sunday.

The injury overshadowed what would have been another celebratory day for the center fielder, who reached a milestone held by one of the greats to play his position. Griffey’s solo home run off Horacio Ramirez in the first inning was the 536th of his career, tying Mickey Mantle for 12th place on the all-time list.

Keep your fingers crossed.

4 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    In today’s “Under The Knife” column on Baseball Prospectus, Will Carroll mentioned the Griffey injury:

    The game broadcasters noted that Ken Griffey, Jr. was icing his hamstring, not his foot. Replays also suggested that Griffey’s problem was in his chronically weak hamstring rather than the foot as the team suggested after.

    Any confirmation of that? I couldn’t tell anything from watching the play, and the TBS announcers said nothing about ice. (Aside: is it me or are the TBS broadcasters flat-out terrible this year? Not only are they now ‘homers’ in a bad way but they seemed to be misinformed and lackadaisacal.)

    Hopefully Griffey won’t come back prematurely and reinjure himself more seriously – like, for example, last year. To see him end a season still in one piece would feel miraculous.

  2. Jim McCullough

    I see no rationale in the Reds hiding anything from the public. I really think there is a negative baseball press out there that is really angry that Cincinnati did not trade Junior to a Chicago, New Yrok, etc.

  3. Shawn

    The team is somewhat constrained in what injury-related info it can release due to HIPAA regulations.

  4. Glenn

    If there’s anyone in baseball who could use a little luck, injury-wise it’s Griffey. Considering all the bad luck he’s had in the last few years, he’s bound to have some good luck stored up in the “luck bank” somewhere.