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Reds outfielder still not at full speed

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. isn't close to coming back.

Griffey took batting practice Monday before the Cincinnati Reds'
game, but he had to scuttle plans to work out in the outfield because
of rain. Showers left the grass wet.

The center fielder tore his right hamstring while chasing a
flyball on July 10, forcing him to sit out the All-Star Game. He
ran the bases cautiously and caught flyballs over the weekend, but
hasn't run at full speed.

"Nothing's changed," Griffey said Monday. "We're still on the
same plan."

He won't be reinstated from the disabled list until he can chase
flyballs and run the bases at full speed without problem, trainer
Mark Mann said.

"More than anything, he's got to be comfortable with that, both
physically and mentally," Mann said.

Griffey has had a variety of injuries over the last four
seasons, including several hamstring tears. Mann said the latest
injury is slowly getting better.

"Junior seems to be feeling better with each passing day,"
Mann said. "There's been more complaints about stiffness [in the
hamstring] than anything else."

Dr. Timothy Kremchek examined Griffey on Monday and cleared him
to do more intense rehabilitation workouts, but there is still no
timetable for his return.