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Griffey Sr. Gets Acupuncture

July 2, 2001

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Reds batting coach Ken Griffey Sr. will get acupuncture Tuesday to help relieve the pain in his neck, shoulder and back that have put him in rehabilitation.

Griffey was given a leave of absence on June 18 to get treatment. He has two fused bones in his neck and a degenerative disc in his back.

``I’m taking my time with it,″ he said Monday. ``I’m supposed to see a doctor tomorrow for acupuncture. I’ve been getting rubdowns and basically trying to rest it.″

Griffey, 50, said longs flights would bother his back so much that he had to take painkillers.

``That was the part that I worried more about,″ he said.

His fill-in, Double-A batting coach Mike Greenwell, broke his right hand Sunday when he was hit by a ball while throwing batting practice. Greenwell has his right wrist and forearm in a red cast.

``I’m looking at coming back right after the All-Star break,″ Griffey said. ``The way things are going ... The hitting coach got his wrist broke, so I don’t know. I might have to come back to throw BP.″

His son, Ken Griffey Jr., has missed most of the season with a torn hamstring.

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