REDS Cincy activates Ken Griffey Jr.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds activated Ken Griffey Jr. from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.
Griffey had been sidelined since tearing his right hamstring while chasing a fly ball on July 10. The injury forced him to miss the All-Star game last month.
Despite being activated, Griffey was not in the Reds' lineup for their series opener against San Francisco. He was expected to play today.
"It's all right. I look like a defensive back, like a miniature Ray Lewis," he said after going through a pre-game workout. "People don't realize how hard rehab is. You've got to be in here at 1, go through an afternoon session, then an early evening session. That just makes for a long day."
Was having best year
Griffey, who started 76 of Cincinnati's first 87 games, was enjoying his best season since 2000 -- when he had 40 home runs and 118 RBIs. He was batting .251 but had 20 home runs and 60 RBIs and in June became the 20th player to reach 500 career home runs.
"He feels good," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "He can run the bases. He'll be in the lineup tomorrow."
The Reds, who started the season 46-41, won only five of 18 games when he was on the disabled list, falling 161/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, the NL Central leader.
Griffey takes the roster spot of right-hander John Riedling, who went on the bereavement list Tuesday, a day after the death of his father, Jack.
Also Tuesday, injured shortstop Barry Larkin, who has a strained stomach, took ground balls and did other drills. Larkin hasn't started since July 24 at Pittsburgh, though he's made three appearances as a pinch-hitter.
"He'll go through everything and we'll get a good read," Miley said. "If all goes well, we're hoping he'll go tomorrow."