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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seattle Star Griffey Jr. Sidelined by Broken Wrist

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners star center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. broke a bone in his right wrist and had surgery Thursday. It is the second season in a row he has been sidelined by a broken wrist.


Griffey suffered the injury fouling off a pitch from Toronto's Erik Hanson in the bottom of the third inning. He was removed from the game and taken for X-rays, which revealed a broken right hamate bone.


He will go on the 15-day disabled list and then begin his injury rehabilitation assignment in two weeks.


The team doctor was hopeful Griffey could be back in a month or so.


In 1995, Griffey broke his left wrist May 26 when he crashed into the Kingdome fence making a running catch. He underwent surgery, missing 73 games. Seattle went 36-37 in that span.


Griffey entered the game hitting .300. He was third in the American League with 23 homers and seventh with 60 RBI.


The 25-year-old center fielder returned from his wrist injury to help lead the Mariners to the A.L. West title last season.


Griffey hit five home runs in Seattle's divisional series against the New York Yankees, tying a post-season record set by Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson in the 1977 World Series.


Griffey also broke a bone in the little finger of his right hand in 1992, causing him to miss nearly a month of that season.


In his career, Griffey has 212 homers and 645 RBI in 984 games. In his last full season, back in 1993, Griffey had 45 homers and 109 RBI. He managed to hit 40 home runs in the strike-shortened 1994 season and had 17 homers and 42 RBI last year.


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