Reed's wrist not broken; could play opening day

Updated: March 28, 2006, 5:36 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
141 3 45 61 .322 .254

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.


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