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Griffey To Wait Another Week For Debut

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr.'s first spring training
game in his return to the Seattle Mariners won't come until
Wednesday against Australia's national team.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said Thursday that the 39-year-old looks
great, four months after arthroscopic left knee surgery. But the
rookie manager wants to ease the active home runs leader back into
action.

Griffey is taking batting practice and participating in daily
outfield drills. The Mariners plan to use him initially as a
designated hitter and probably not in consecutive games.

He hopes to be ready to play left field by the April 6 opener at
Minnesota.

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