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Reds to start Griffey in right field


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SARASOTA, Fla. -- If Ken Griffey Jr. is ready to play on Opening Day, he will be in right field.

Cincinnati Reds manager Jerry Narron said Monday he expects to start Ryan Freel in center because Griffey is still working his way back from a broken left hand. The longtime center fielder was injured in the offseason while wrestling with his kids.

"Right now, that's what our plan is. We would have loved for him to be available Opening Day to play center field -- it just didn't work out," Narron said.

Griffey, a 10-time Gold Glove winner in center, has taken fly balls and made throws from right field in practice. Narron said he was very cautious about deciding to move the 37-year-old slugger from his customary spot.

"We had to make a decision. This late in the spring we need to get our club out on the field," he said. "I've got to do everything I can do to put our best club out there. My feeling is that with Ryan Freel out there, it gives us strong defense up the middle."



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I also look foward to seeing what Hamilton has to offer come regular season time. I'd love to see him keep up the hot hitting and take over for Dunn (cue the TDB bashing :P) but I don't forsee that.

Freel is a better defender to have in CF that Griffey, and I'm glad to see the change made.

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