Griffey: 'I want to play 162 games'

Feb. 15, 2005 at 2:58 PM

SARASOTA, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Cincinnati's injury-plagued Ken Griffey Jr. says he wants to play every game this season.

The 35-year-old slugger was at the Reds' spring training camp Tuesday after an off-season filled with mostly leg-stgrengthening exercises.

Since joining the Reds in 2000, the 12-time all-star, who has 501 career home runs, has sustained injuries to his right shoulder, right ankle and both hamstrings, leaving him unable to walk at times. He has averaged just 79 games a year with the Reds.

Griffey showed up early for spring training, arriving Monday afternoon at the Sarasota Sports Complex.

"I'm just trying to get back to, or close to, what I was before," Griffey said. "We're just going to do some little things, baseball activity-wise, to build up my strength. I want to end up playing every day. That's my mind-set. I want to play 162 games."

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