Griffey Sick, out of Lineup on Night he's Honored

June 17, 2008 1:47:03 PM PDT
Ken Griffey Jr. was sick on Tuesday, keeping him out of the Cincinnati Reds lineup on the night picked to honor his 600th home run. Manager Dusty Baker said Griffey became ill on Monday, the team's day off, and wasn't feeling much better. The Reds planned to honor his 600th homer before the opener of a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a pregame ceremony.

Also, fans received a poster and baseball card showing his swing on No. 600. Griffey hit his 600th homer last week in Florida, becoming the sixth to reach the mark.

"He's looking pretty bad," Baker said. "He's sick - on his night. He called yesterday and said he was feeling bad."