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Junior has surgery to remove bone spur

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm with 2 Comments »
October 26, 2009 5:36 pm

Ken Griffey Jr., whose return to the Seattle Mariners included battles with a painful left knee last season, has undergone surgery to remove a bone spur.

Junior had the surgery performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati, and is expected to be ale to begin cardio work within four-six weeks.

At age 39, Griffey batted .214 with 19 home runs and 57 RBI last season, playing almost exclusively as the Mariners left-handed hitting designated hitter. Late in the year, Griffey missed more than a week with knee problems.

Though no negotiations have begun between Griffey and the Mariners, it’s largely expected that Junior will return for the 2010 season, even if his playing time may be diminished.

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  1. footballscaa says:

    Though no negotiations have begun between Griffey and the Mariners, it’s largely expected that Junior will return for the 2010 season, even if his playing time may be diminished. ———— Huh? Does Jack Z know thats it’s largely expected? Why would he take up a roster spot just to parade Jr around town for one more year?

  2. RedMule7 says:

    I lean toward bringing Griffey back. A look at his stats, beyond his .214 BA, is enough to convince me. Griffey had 454 total plate appearances and 387 AB, ranking sixth in both categories – which is over 120 more than the player rankng seventh in either category. That is the equivalent of about two-thirds of a season. From those TPA’s and AB’s he gleaned:
    19 HR .. 3rd; 1 HR per 20.4 AB … 2nd; 57 RBI .. 4th; 1 RBI per 6.8 AB .. 3rd (and only .4 RBI per AB behind Lopez, who was 2nd to Branyan’s 5.7 RBI per AB) ; 63 BB … 1st; 1 BB per 7.1 PA; 44 R … 6th (four of the players with more had all or many of their AB’s while batting ahead of Griffey in the order and were either driven in by him or were able to produce because they were being protected by his presence.) He ranks about the same in other offensive categories. With 14 more hits he would have had a .250 BA, which when viewed with his other production numbers would have satisified many, if not all, those who think he should be let go. His stature as a future Hall of Famer and his maturing into a clubhouse leader were factors in the elevation of the play of many of his teammates. I wasn’t a huge Griffey fan (off the field) during his first go round … he has changed, but not entirely .. in spite of that I think his presence will benefit this young – and probably going to get younger – Mariners team. This operation could make him even more productive. For many of the same reasons I think Mike Sweeney should also be brought back .. if there’s any way at all of doing so.

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