Another day on the Griffey watch
Just witnessed a gaggle of reporters around Ken Griffey Jr. Joe Kay from AP arrived in camp. Jayson Stark from ESPN is here too. The re-enforcements didn't get much more out of Griffey than I did yesterday.
The interesting thing was Jerry Narron said he was going to check with Griffey before posting a lineup. The lineup has since been posted with no Griffey.
Griffey was cordial, but hardly expansive. From my notes:
"When I feel like I can play, I'll go out there."
Still in pain as far as the hand? "What do you think, if I haven't played?"
On the switch to right: "Obviously, I knew a month ago. It didn't really matter how I felt."
Repeat from yesterday: "It's not a big deal. You guys are making it a big deal."
On the switch to right, too: "It's been discussed behind closed doors. It's going to stay that way."
On playing right? "I don't know. I've never done it."
On playing center: “You never know. I might play it again.”
Read what you want into that last one. Griffey is saying all the right things now. But believe me, this was a big deal. And a lot went on behind the scenes before Narron said point-blank they were going make the switch.
As for when he plays, obviously, he's close. A factor now is if they don't play him the last 10 days of spring training in an "A" game, he can be put on the DL retroactively, meaning he could play in the sixth of the season.