Reed said that he couldn't comment until he heard all of the news about the injury, but it appears that even if he has the most minor version of the injury, technically called a scaphoid bone fracture, Reed will start the season on the disabled list and figures to miss at least all of April and probably a good deal, if not all, of May.
That leaves the Mariners with some serious issues in center field for Opening Day and beyond.
A potential backup at the position, Matt Lawton, will begin the season by serving a 10-day suspension for a positive steroid test in 2005.
That would appear to leave the Mariners with a short-term choice between utility man Willie Bloomquist or new acquisition Joe Borchard, with Mike Morse, a corner outfielder, almost guaranteed to make the 25-man roster as a reserve.
But there's also the Ichiro Suzuki option.
It's possible that the Mariners could move All-Star right fielder Ichiro to center and start Morse or someone else in right.
Although manager Mike Hargrove had not spoken with general manager Bill Bavasi as of the end of Friday afternoon's game against the Chicago White Sox, Hargrove did admit that he has already thought about moving Ichiro.
"At some point in the future, I would probably consider it, but I don't know if we're there yet," Hargrove said. "But certainly that's one of our options."
Ichiro has only played center field in three games for the Mariners, all starts and all in 2002. He last played center field in a game in the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston.
Aside from moving Ichiro, the team could opt to look for an outside replacement via a trade, or the Mariners could look toward the Minor Leagues, where T.J. Bohn is slated to start in center at Triple-A Tacoma and Adam Jones could be targeted for the position for Double-A San Antonio.
"We have options," Hargrove said. "It wouldn't do any good to discuss them before I talk to Bill. That would be putting the cart before the horse."
Bavasi did say that he believed the team had several players on the 40-man roster who could fill the void defensively. Borchard started Friday's game in center.
"We're open to anything," Bavasi said.
Either way the club decides to play it, things are not looking good for Reed right now.
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According to the Web site for The Mayo Clinic, about 60 percent of all wrist fractures involve the scaphoid bone, which is located on the thumb side of the wrist close to the lower arm bone and is shaped like a cashew nut.
"Treatment depends on the extent of the injury and may require a cast or surgery," the Web site reads.
"Healing time can range from six weeks to six months, depending where in the bone the break has occurred. A break in the lower portion of the scaphoid takes longer to heal due to poor blood supply. If a cast is used for treatment, it is checked regularly. Following cast treatment or surgery, rehabilitation is begun to restore strength and range of motion.
"Even with immediate attention, not all scaphoid fractures will heal. This nonunion can be repaired with a surgical bone graft and internal pins or screws."
"It's a broken wrist," Bavasi said. "Right now, if somebody had to guesstimate, we're talking around six weeks.
"It's real difficult, and if we're lucky, he's back in four or five weeks. If it's seven or eight weeks, that's OK, too. As long as that part of his body gets healed."
Reed hasn't had much luck with his wrists.
His rookie season of 2005 was cut short in September because of a left wrist sprain that included a partially torn ligament.
On Thursday night, Reed suffered the injury in the top of the fifth inning, but he remained in the game, grounding out in the sixth and singling hard to left field in the eighth. He was replaced by a pinch-runner after the single.