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A hustle play that cost Junior a start

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Sep. 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm with No Comments »
September 4, 2009 6:13 pm

It was an unmemorable play in a game the Mariners won on Thursday, a fifth-inning checked swing ground ball off the bat of Ken Griffey Jr.

It rolled to the third baseman, and Griffey hustled down the line to first, straining to beat a thorw – and landed hard on the bag with his left leg.

That’s the one where the surgically repaired knee lives, and Junior hyper-extended it on the play.

He finished the game, needed treatment afterward. And tonight, he was penciled into the lineup, dependent upon how he felt in batting practice.

He took his swings and was scratched in favor of Mike Sweeney.

With left-handers starting for Oakland the next two days and an off-day Monday, Griffey will now have three days to rest his knee and get treatment.
That’s why he’s not in the game tonight, and why his teammates love him. On an excuse-me ground ball, he maxxed out his effort and paid for it, then never said a word to the media.

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