Today, however, after missing four games with an ailing left knee, Junior went in for an MRI to determine whether he needs more than a few days of rest.
It's the same knee that required surgery last fall and kept Grifffey Jr. from participating in all spring training drills. It also forced him to miss 10 consecutive games earlier this summer.
Without Griffey and Russell Branyan (herniated disk) the Mariners have missed there two best left-handed power hitters.
The return of Ichiro and Adrian Beltre helps, and Mike Carp may have an offensive edge of Jack Hannahan.
Still, without Griffey or Branyan, the team loses 45 of the 129 home runs its hit all season.
Results on Junior's MRI should be in tonight.