The Reds expect Ken Griffey Jr. to play again this season after the star center fielder strained his right foot rounding second base.
Griffey has been listed as day-to-day since Sunday, when he rolled his foot during the 12th inning of Cincinnati's 8-3 win at Atlanta. The team said Monday an MRI exam revealed the strain.
Trainer Mark Mann said it would be "premature at this point" to say surgery would be necessary, and "we fully expect him to play again in the 2005 season." Two years ago, Griffey required season-ending surgery on his right ankle.
"The MRI showed nothing like what he had a couple of years ago with his ankle," Mann said. "It's not as if he pulled it off the bone. It does show inflammation in the area. A strain by definition does involve inflammation of the tissue, and it can be associated with a tear."
* SUSPENSION REDUCED: Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan had a four-game suspension for his part in a scuffle with Pirates hitting coach Gerald Perry cut in half.
Duncan served the final game of his two-game ban against the Cubs last night. He missed Friday's game after the suspension was announced.
* SURGERY NEEDED: Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis, already on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained lower back, needs ligament replacement on his right arm to fix a spot of arthritis. Izturis will be operated on Sept. 16, and is expected to be out 10 months, team physician Frank Jobe said.
* SCHMIDT INJURED: Giants RHP Jason Schmidt left in the fifth inning of last night's game against the Dodgers with a strained right groin.
-- From News Services