All-Star outfielder recovering from surgery

Updated: January 21, 2005, 2:14 AM ET news services

CINCINNATI -- All-Star Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. is making progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn right hamstring, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer in Friday's edition.

"He's doing outstanding," Reds general manager Dan O'Brien told the Enquirer. "He really has had no setbacks. He's right on track and should be at or near 100 percent at the start of spring training."

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Griffey, 35, began rehabilitation after having surgery last Aug. 23. He was in a sling harness for weeks.

Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek attached Griffey's tendon to the bone with three screws and cleaned up scar tissue in a two-hour operation.

"I am very optimistic for a complete return to normal activity," Kremchek said in August.

Griffey was voted an All-Star starter for the 12th time but missed the 2004 game because he strained his right hamstring in Milwaukee right before the All-Star Game.

Griffey was batting .253 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs before the surgery. He had homered just once since hitting No. 500 on June 20.

Griffey's torn hamstring was only the latest was the latest in a long line of injuries for the Reds center fielder.

He missed more than a month with a torn hamstring that bothered him throughout the 2001 season. He then spent two long stints on the 15-day disabled list with a torn knee tendon and a torn right hamstring in 2002.

Griffey went on the disabled list twice again in 2003 for a dislocated right shoulder and torn ankle tendon.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.