Griffey's broken hand healing as expected

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.

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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.