The Reds (70-83) announced before Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Giants (67-86) that Griffey will miss the team’s final nine games because of a strained groin he suffered during Wednesday’s loss.
“He’s done,” Reds manager Pete Mackanin said. “It’s a season-ending injury, but it could have been worse. It’s not the worst-case scenario, so we’re happy about that.”
Griffey was injured during the eighth inning of Cincinnati’s 3-2 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. While trying to make a throw from right field, he stopped in pain and had to underhand the ball back to the infield before falling to the ground.
Originally the team said the injury was a strained lower abdomen, but the Reds said Thursday it was a high groin strain and he’ll have to be examined again in four weeks. Griffey hit .277 with 30 homers and 93 RBIs, playing 144 games—his highest total since 2000. He made his first All-Star appearance since 2004 and 13th overall, and he moved up to sixth on the all-time home run list with 593.
Cincinnati was able to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss without Griffey as pinch-hitter Jason Ellison hit his first home run of the season, Norris Hopper had three hits and Jeff Keppinger drove in two runs for the Reds, who won for just the second time in their last six games.
The Giants played without Barry Bonds, who has been out since last Saturday because of a sprained right big toe. The team hopes he’ll be able to play by Sunday.
San Francisco has lost three straight and seven of eight.
“This is the time of the year you’re hoping to finish strong and we’re not doing it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Pat Misch (0-3, 2.90 ERA) will start Friday for the Giants in place of Tim Lincecum, who was shut down for the remainder of the season. Lincecum isn’t injured, Bochy told San Francisco’s official Web site the team just wants to give him some added rest. The rookie right-hander pitched 146 1-3 innings in 24 starts and leads NL rookies in strikeouts with 150.
Misch is making his third start and first since Aug. 9. He last pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. As a starter, the left-hander is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 1-3 total innings.
Misch has made two relief appearances against the Reds—both this season— allowing one hit over a combined two innings.
Cincinnati will counter with Matt Belisle (8-9, 5.39). Belisle gave up five runs and six hits in six innings on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 5-2 loss. The defeat was Belisle’s first in seven starts.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in six relief appearances and one start against the Giants. His only start and lone decision came on July 3, when he was reached for five runs and six hits in four innings of a 9-5 loss to San Francisco.