SEATTLE, May 26 -- Seattle Mariners center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the next three months of action, the result of a broken left wrist suffered Friday night against Baltimore. Griffey suffered the first serious injury of his major-league career in the seventh inning when he crashed into the wall in right-center field making a spectacular catch of a fly ball hit by Kevin Bass.
Griffey appeared to get his bare hand caught between the pads on the outfield wall. He left the game and was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which revealed a fracture of the distal radius bone. Griffey will undergo surgery Saturday to have a plate inserted in the wrist. He is not expected to return until August. Griffey, 25, has made the American League All-Star team in each of the last five seasons. He was threatening to break the single-season homer mark last year until the players' strike ended the season season prematurely. He finished with 40 homers, most in the American League. Griffey, who homered in Friday's game, was hitting .263 with seven homers and 15 RBI. He has a career average of .298 with 179 homers and 558 RBI in less than six full major-league seasons. Griffey has been on the disabled list twice in his career. In 1989, he was sidelined for about a month with a broken right pinky. He also was disabled in 1992 with a sprained right wrist.