The Reds are starting to look like the walking wounded, and the season hasn’t even started yet. The Post has this article this morning about how our new right fielder is likely to start the season on the disabled list.
Then there’s this by Hal McCoy, saying that Gary Majewski may begin the season in the minors — not because of the Majewk Man’s general ineffectiveness, but because of his shoulder problems.
Finally, John Fay has this:
The Reds are a banged-up club right now, but they don’t have a lot of major injuries.
Yet Jerry Narron had to check with five players before making out his lineup for Thursday’s game with the New York Yankees.
Ryan Freel (hamstring) was able to go. Scott Hatteberg (groin), Juan Castro (arm), Ken Griffey Jr. (hand) and Bubba Crosby (calf) were not.
Norris Hopper (heel) and Jerry Gil (elbow) are also on the shelf. And Jeff Conine left camp to attend the funeral of his father-in-law.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez is healthy, but he previously had arranged to take Thursday off to take care of personal business.
So the Reds ended up with Paul Janish at shortstop and Javier Valentin at first base against the Yankees – until Valentin left with a tight hamstring.
When it rains, it pours. Fortunately, as Fay points out, few of the injuries are serious, so the Reds really aren’t in too much of a bind. Let’s all just hope that Juan Castro’s arm heals soon. I don’t know if the Reds can survive an extended DL stint for Castro.
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