As you’ve probably already heard, Ken Griffey’s first game in the outfield this spring was delayed by at least a couple of days due to rain:
Ken Griffey Jr. was scheduled to make his debut in the outfield Thursday.
The bad weather pushed that back – two days.
“He’s going to DH in Fort Myers for two or three at-bats,” trainer Mark Mann said. “Then he’ll play five innings in center field Saturday.”
The Reds play the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium in a 1:05 p.m. game Saturday. The hope is the outfield will be sufficiently dry by then. It rained steadily for about 12 hours Thursday.
The Reds will make up the postponed game today as part of a split-squad doubleheader. The makeup game with the Twins will start at 7:05 p.m., while the regularly scheduled game against the New York Yankees will take place in Tampa at 7:15 p.m.
I was hoping there would be television coverage of the Yankees game, but alas, no luck.
UPDATE: I love these spring training rainout days. There’s nothing for the reporters to talk about. Take a look at this from Marc Lancasters article on the rainout in the Post:
Manager Dave Miley killed some time by getting a haircut from pitcher Ramon Ortiz, and afterward gave the pitcher’s tonsorial skills his seal of approval.
“He’s still in the rotation,” cracked Miley. “I’ll tell you what, he knows what he’s doing.”
Opening Day can’t get here quick enough for me.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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