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Strained Hamstring Puts Griffey on Sidelines Again

June 15, 2002|From Associated Press

Ken Griffey Jr. is expected to sit out the Cincinnati Reds' weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates because his strained right hamstring is still bothering him.

Griffey took batting practice Friday but was out of the starting lineup for the sixth consecutive game. He injured the hamstring while running to first base against the Angels last Friday.

Griffey had a precautionary MRI that showed only a strain. Last season he tore the other hamstring and was limited to 111 games.

Griffey tore a tendon in his right knee on April 7 and was on the disabled list for six weeks.

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Pitcher Joe Kennedy of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was suspended for seven games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Toronto's Ken Huckaby during a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays on June 6.... Chicago Cub pitcher Carlos Zambrano was suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions during a bench-clearing brawl June 4 in a triple-A game in Utah. Zambrano was on an injury rehab assignment for the Iowa Cubs.... Left-hander Bruce Chen was traded from the Montreal Expos to the Reds, who gave up right-handed reliever Jim Brower. Chen made five starts and 10 relief appearances, going 2-3 with a 6.99 earned-run average.

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