Griffey to Join Reds on Road Trip
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Ken Griffey Jr. is joining the Reds on a road trip this week as he works his way back from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since early April.
The team won’t say when the star center fielder will return to the lineup, although it is highly unlikely he would play on the road trip.
Griffey, who separated his right shoulder while diving for a ball, was looking forward to flying with the Reds on Monday to St. Louis to open the trip Tuesday night.
``They’re letting me out of the dungeon,″ he said. ``At least, I’ll be able to do something.″
Griffey was injured April 5 and placed on the disabled list two days later. He was projected to miss six-to-10 weeks. Six weeks will have passed by Saturday.
He has been taking batting practice and doing exercises under medical supervision.
``He’s hitting pain-free,″ Cincinnati trainer Mark Mann said. ``He’s running. He’s able to catch the ball with no problem. Now it’s just a matter of building a little more strength.″
Griffey’s replacement, Jose Guillen, has been one of the Reds’ hottest hitters. Guillen has played right field while Austin Kearns moved to center.