posted on Jul, 20 2004 @ 02:24 PM
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. says he hopes to resume playing with the Cincinnati Reds as soon as next week after he partially tore his right
hamstring, causing him to miss the All-Star game.
The center fielder was injured July 10 while trying to run down Brady Clark's drive to right-center in the fourth inning of a 5-0 loss at Milwaukee.
The next day, the Reds placed him on the 15-day disabled list.
There is still no projected date for Griffey's return, Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said Tuesday.
Griffey told the Dayton Daily News in an interview published Tuesday that he has been running and doing four hours of workouts daily and isn't about
to slack off to avoid the possibility of reinjuring himself. He has been on the disabled list six times since joining the Reds for the 2000 season.
"People ask me all the time why I don't back off a little bit, take it easy," Griffey told the newspaper. "That's not the way I was raised and not the
way I was taught to play the game. I'm going to give everything I have. I'll take it easy when I retire.
"My teammates have come to me and said, 'Why don't you let those balls drop?' That's not me. If people wanted to come and watch players drop balls and
not give 100% in the outfield, well, they aren't going to come. If I have a chance to catch it, I'm going to catch it, do everything I can to catch