Mariners' Reed placed on DL with broken thumb
Reed broke his right thumb in the 11th inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss to Colorado, the first significant injury of the season for the Mariners. Reed landed awkwardly while making a diving attempt at a sinking liner hit by Colorado's Brad Hawpe.
Reed's initial prognosis is that he'll miss at least four to six weeks and most likely will need surgery, general manager Bill Bavasi said. Reed will be re-examined later this week.
"We've been real lucky so far," Bavasi said.
The Mariners recalled Shin-Soo Choo from Triple-A Tacoma to take Reed's spot, and Choo was in the starting lineup, batting eighth, Monday night against the Angels. Choo was hitting . 327 at Tacoma and ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in hits (104) and runs (60). Choo had hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games in Tacoma, hitting .452 during that stretch.
Choo played in 10 games for the Mariners at the end of last season, getting just one hit in 18 at-bats. He received the call about 6:30 p.m. Sunday night that he would be joining the Mariners. Choo, a lefty, will platoon in center with right-hander Willie Bloomquist based on pitching matchups.
"Obviously, we didn't bring him up here to sit," manager Mike Hargrove said of Choo. "In talking with our guys in the minor leagues ... he was the guy."
Hargrove said he did not consider asking right fielder Ichiro Suzuki to move to center, and Bavasi would not rule out the organization trading for a veteran outfielder depending on how the platoon works.
"At this time of year, we're talking anyway, so we'll look at that," Bavasi said. "We think they can handle it. But if it's a deal that makes our club better we've said we'll look at that."
Reed was hitting just .217 in 67 games for the Mariners, and is 0-for-23 this season against left-handed pitching.
Green got the final out of the 11th on Sunday, but then suffered severe back spasms in the locker room after the game. Hargrove said it was the first time Green had suffered back spasms.
Green had a 6.19 ERA in 12 appearances out of the bullpen.
Righty Emiliano Fruto was called up for the third time this season to take Green's place. He's pitched in six games for the Mariners with a 4.50 ERA and one save. At Tacoma, Fruto was 1-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 20 games.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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