PEORIA, Ariz. -- Further tests this week showed Mariners
starting center fielder Jeremy Reed does not have a fractured right
wrist, as the team originally thought. He has a sprain.
That means Reed will likely be back in Seattle's lineup far
sooner than the team's original estimate of four-to-six weeks --
perhaps even by next week.
Reed rejoined the team on Tuesday after a doctor's visit in
Seattle the day before. He had a CT scan taken and then an MRI. Doctors
reading those results on Tuesday discovered no current break. The
fracture on the small scaphoid bone that was initially diagnosed
through X-rays after he crashed into an outfield wall last Thursday
is apparently from his childhood.
Reed resumed throwing, running and every baseball activity
except swinging a bat on Tuesday. He is not wearing a brace on the
wrist. A team spokesman said the second-year starter will likely be
re-evaluated on Saturday. The Mariners will then decide whether
Reed will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list or, perhaps,
in the starting lineup for next week's first games.
Reed ran into the padded center-field fence at Peoria Sports
Complex on Thursday night in pursuit of a fly ball during an
exhibition game. He played another three innings through pain.
The change in his prognosis lessens Seattle's urgency in finding
a replacement during the last week of spring training. Joe Borchard, acquired last week in a trade with the Chicago White Sox,
is currently getting a tryout in center field. Borchard has been
erratic -- he hit a home run and had five RBIs in a Saturday game,
then went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Monday night.
Reed batted .254 in 141 games as the youngest player on
Seattle's opening day roster last season. The 24-year-old was
likely to begin this season back batting second behind All-Star
Ichiro Suzuki. Reed came to the Mariners in a trade for pitcher
Freddy Garcia on June 27, 2004.
Reed was hitting .316 (12-for-38) with three doubles, a triple
and one home run in 13 spring games.