It’s looking more certain now that the injury suffered by Ken Griffey, Jr. yesterday is not serious. Of course, the Reds crack medical staff has misdiagnosed more players than Dr. Nick Riviera.
This injury doesn’t appear nearly as serious. The initial diagnosis was a sprained right foot and Griffey is day-to-day.
“It’s just a little sore, that’s it,” said Griffey, who was walking deliberately but without any visible limp in the clubhouse after the game.
He said the pain was on the bottom of his foot, which he lifted off the ground slightly and flexed a couple of times while talking to reporters.
Griffey said he’ll just wait and see how his foot feels today but will not play tonight against the Brewers. It will be the first game he has missed this season because of an injury.
“They said they wanted to give me a day off in the next couple days, and I think that may be (today),” said Griffey, who started his 25th consecutive game Sunday.
The injury overshadowed what would have been another celebratory day for the center fielder, who reached a milestone held by one of the greats to play his position. Griffey’s solo home run off Horacio Ramirez in the first inning was the 536th of his career, tying Mickey Mantle for 12th place on the all-time list.
Keep your fingers crossed.
If there’s anyone in baseball who could use a little luck, injury-wise it’s Griffey. Considering all the bad luck he’s had in the last few years, he’s bound to have some good luck stored up in the “luck bank” somewhere.