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Griffey's season over due to high groin strain

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the
season because of a strained groin, the latest in a string of
injuries to Cincinnati's All-Star outfielder.

Griffey left Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs at
Wrigley Field in the eighth inning after injuring himself while
fielding a ball in right field. As he started to make a throw,
Griffey stopped in pain and had to underhand the ball back to the
infield before falling to the ground.

The Reds originally announced the injury as a strained lower
abdomen, and Griffey returned to Cincinnati be examined. On
Thursday, the team said he was diagnosed with a high groin strain
and will be examined again in four weeks.

"He's done," manager Pete Mackanin said before the opener of a
four-game series at San Francisco. "It's a season-ending injury,
but it could have been worse. It's not the worst-case scenario, so
we're happy about that."

Griffey hit .277 this year with 30 homers and 93 RBIs, playing
144 games -- his highest total since 2000. He was an All-Star for
the first time since 2004 and the 13th time overall, and he moved
up to sixth on the career home run list with 593.

Had this injury happened earlier in the season, Griffey could
have come back, Mackanin said.

"But there's no reason to do it now," Mackanin said. "The
outfield, it can be improved upon at Wrigley Field. I'm not blaming
his injury on that, but it's not one of the better surfaces in the
league."

The 37-year-old Griffey has been on the disabled list eight
times since 2000, missing nearly a month early in the 2006 season
because of swelling behind his right knee and sitting out 22 of the
last 24 games after dislocating a toe.

His playing time also has been limited by torn hamstrings, a
torn knee tendon, a dislocated shoulder and a torn ankle tendon. He
broke his left hand in an accident at home last December.

Buck Coats drew the start in right field in place of Griffey on
Thursday night, while Mackanin also planned to use utilityman Jeff
Keppinger in the outfield along with little-used Jason Ellison.

Also Thursday, Cincinnati recalled RHP Homer Bailey from Class A
Sarasota.