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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

The big day: Griffey's playing

Ken Griffey Jr. is in the lineup and in right field for today's game with the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I asked if he was ready and he said he was ready," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.

Griffey will get two or three at-bats today.

By starting today, Griffey could play in as many as eight games before Opening Day, ample time to get ready.

"We'll see how he is," Narron said. "We'll see on the wrist responds. He won't play in them all. He'll in as many as possible."

Narron didn't think the transition from center field to right field would be a big hurdle.

"If you can play, you can play (anywhere) if you're a good outfielder," Narron said.

Griffey missed the first 22 games of spring while recovering from a broken hand suffered in a December accident.

The lineup
Ryan Freel CF
Adam Dunn LF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Griffey RF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Alex Gonzalez SS
David Ross C
Bronson Arroyo P

Put Scott Hatteberg is Votto's spot and Aaron Harang is Arroyo's, and that could very well be the Opening Day lineup.


at 10:39 AM Blogger DanH said...

That probably was close to the plan discussed behind closed doors since day one (playing the final week of ST). Great to see his name in the lineup and on with the season. I'd much rather see Dunn in the 6th spot than 2nd spot however!

at 12:02 PM Blogger fremav said...

It is good to see Jr back in the lineup. However, it takes Jr at least 30 days to start to be productive, as shown by his past records. He should be on the DL and get his warm-up time in the minors. That will never happen, but, it should

at 12:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. What is the big deal over JR? Every season since I have moved here he has been on the injured list. I suspect he is made of glass the last injury was inflicted by a small child? Has he ever had a bone density scan to see what his problem is? The Red should either cut him or tell him one more injury you are out to pasture.

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