Griffey's broken hand healing as expected

Updated: January 8, 2007, 11:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s broken left hand is healing as expected, and the Cincinnati Reds will have a better idea in about 10 days whether it will interfere with spring training.

Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey Jr.

Griffey had the hand X-rayed over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., where he lives in the offseason. He will be examined again in about 10 days, the team announced Monday.

The 37-year-old center fielder broke his throwing hand in an accident at home late last month. He didn't authorize the team to provide any details about how he was hurt.

Cincinnati opens spring training in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 17, and the voluntary reporting date for position players is about four days later.

Griffey has been injured often since he came to his hometown team in a trade before the 2000 season. He has been on the disabled list eight times with the Reds, and has missed significant time because of other injuries while on the active roster.

Last season, Griffey was disabled for nearly a month because of inflammation behind his right knee. He also sat out 22 of the last 24 games after dislocating a toe.


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