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April 11, 2002


Griffey could return in 3-to-6 weeks

Cincinnati Ken Griffey Jr.'s injured right knee is healing quickly and he could return to the field in 3-to-6 weeks, the Cincinnati Reds' team doctor said following a re-examination Wednesday.

There has been "vast improvement" in the knee since the All-Star center fielder partially tore the patella tendon and partially dislocated his kneecap during a rundown in Sunday's game against Montreal, Dr. Timothy Kremchek said.

"Junior has a full range of motion," Kremchek said. "I am convinced he is right on target to return in 3-to-6 weeks."

Griffey began twice-daily physical therapy sessions on Monday.

Cubs' Farnsworth may miss 4-to-6 weeks

Chicago Chicago Cubs reliever Kyle Farnsworth broke a bone in his right foot Wednesday and is likely to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks. He'll be put on the 15-day disabled list today, but the Cubs didn't announce who will take his spot.

The right-handed setup man was warming up in the bullpen in the seventh inning when he felt something "pop" in his foot. X-rays showed a stress fracture in his right foot. Farnsworth's injury could be a costly one for the Cubs. The hard-throwing reliever had a 2.74 ERA last season, and he's got a 0.00 ERA with two strikeouts in 11/3 innings this year.

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