Ken Griffey Jr. began his season with a flourish and ended it with another hamstring injury.
Griffey will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right hamstring, the latest setback in a long line of injuries for the All-Star outfielder. Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Wednesday that an MRI exam showed Griffey, set to have surgery on Monday, ruptured his hamstring last week in San Francisco.
Griffey was batting .253 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs. He had homered just once since hitting No. 500 on June 20. Griffey could be fully rehabbed in time for spring training, Kremchek said.
“He had a complete rupture of the hamstring off the bone,” Kremchek said. “He knew it wasn’t right, and that’s why he hadn’t really played since he injured it in San Francisco.”
The new injury was similar to one Griffey had on his left side three years ago. But that one was a partial tear that healed without surgery, Kremchek said.
Cincinnati has lost two straight and six of its last nine games to fall four games under the .500 mark.
Hours after learning of Griffey’s injury, the Reds were shut down by Jeff Weaver in an 11-1 loss to the Dodgers.
The NL West-leading Dodgers won for the seventh time in nine games. Jose Hernandez had a bases-loaded triple and a two-run homer, and Shawn Green added a three-run shot as Los Angeles built an 11-0 lead after the top of the fourth.