Griffey to return to Cincy for MRI Sunday

Updated: July 10, 2004, 10:31 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Ken Griffey Jr. left the Cincinnati Reds' game at Milwaukee on Saturday night after he strained his right hamstring while running down a fly ball in the fourth inning.

The Reds said the All-Star outfielder will return to Cincinnati to have an MRI on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury.

Griffey, 20th on the career home runs list with 501, chased down a fly ball hit into the right-center field gap by Brady Clark. As Griffey neared the warning track in a full sprint, the ball bounced off his glove and ended up as a triple.

Griffey appeared to hurt his leg as he landed on it, but continued to track down the ball and walked off the field immediately after the play with no apparent limp.

He has been hampered by a series of well-documented injuries during the past few years.

Griffey missed more than a month with a torn hamstring that bothered him throughout the 2001 season. He spent two long stints on the 15-day disabled list with a torn patella tendon and a torn right hamstring in 2002, then went to the DL twice again last year for a dislocated right shoulder and torn ankle tendon.

Last week, Griffey was voted an All-Star starter for the 12th time. He's hitting .251 with 20 homers and 60 RBI, but has just one home run since hitting his 500th on June 20.

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