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.
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