Ken Griffey Jr. is finishing another season prematurely because of injury. This time, it's an upbeat ending.
The Reds' center fielder decided yesterday to give up his attempt to overcome a foot sprain and play again this season. Instead, he'll have a minor knee operation that has been anticipated for weeks, giving him a head-start on rehabilitation.
"I think overall in the situation we're in, it's probably the smartest thing to do," Griffey said, a day after the Reds were officially eliminated from playoff contention. "If it were the playoffs and we had a chance, then we'd be doing something different. But we're not, and it's time that I can get my hamstring closed up for good and my knee fixed."
He'll have surgery Monday to clean out a knee that has bothered him occasionally over the last three years. Doctors also will treat the troublesome incision from his hamstring surgery a year ago. He batted .301 with 35 homers and 92 RBI in 128 games. He also climbed up the career homer list, joining Mickey Mantle in 12th place with 536.
* ROLLINS'S RECORD: Jimmy Rollins singled on the second pitch of the game against the Braves to extend his hitting streak to 27 games -- a Phillies' franchise record since 1900. Rollins broke the mark he tied a day earlier with Chuck Klein, who had two 26-game streaks in 1930. The only longer streaks in Philadelphia history were posted by two players from the 1800s: Billy Hamilton (36 games) and Ed Delahanty (31).
-- From News Services