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May 4, 2009 at 5:00 PM

More on Ken Griffey Jr.

For a guy with an inflamed colon — that’s was Ken Griffey Jr.’s characterization of the illness that caused him to be scratched from Monday’s lineup — Junior was in a surprisingly cheerful mood in the clubhouse before the game. He’s walking very stiffly, and says that he feels sore, but he didn’t seem too concerned. He said he’s had this before — while with the Reds, Griffey missed several games in April of 2007 with diverticulitis, which is the technical term for an inflamed colon — and that it “just comes and goes…Eventually, it goes away.”
When one of the reporters asked him what it felt like, Griffey replied, “Tell you what: Why don’t you lie down on the floor and let someone kick you in the side a couple of times. That’s what it feels like.”
Griffey felt well enough to answer questions about the Mariners’ hot start and joke about his role in Sunday’s 15-inning game, in which he never left the bench.
“I was participating,” he said. “I had my pom-poms. I gave my share of high-fives. I was ready if Don was going to put me in.
“Everybody is ready to play. Chavvy (Endy Chavez) had a day off, but he pinch-ran. I thought Don was going to use me in that situation, but, you know. I figured he’d have the little man go first.”
If the game went much longer, Griffey might have ended up on the mound, he joked.
“I was ready for that, too. I was going to go down with Jarrod (Washburn). I didn’t want Jarrod to have to throw a bullpen too early. I might have been able to go six, seven.”
To which announcer Dave Sims responded, “Pitches?”
“You got me,” Griffey said with a laugh.

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