Tests show no break in Reed's wrist

Tests show no break in young Reed's wrist

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jeremy Reed returned to the Mariners' Spring Training complex on Tuesday with a big smile on his face, and who could blame him?

Reed, thought to be out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist, might not even open the season on the disabled list. Heck, if everything goes "perfectly," Reed said, he'll be in the lineup and back in center field on Opening Day.

His broken wrist? Not broken.

Huh?

Here's the bizarre explanation given by head trainer Rick Griffin, who joined Reed in an impromptu press conference on Tuesday morning.

"Jeremy had a whirlwind day up in Seattle [on Monday], and after a CT scan, an arthrogram, a series of X-rays and an MRI, it has been completely ruled out that he has a fracture," Griffin said.

"He had an old fracture in his wrist from when he was 12 years old or 18 years old, and he exhibited quite a bit of pain and discomfort and swelling the day after he ran into the wall [last Thursday night]."

Reed slammed into that center-field wall in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks while going back on a Johnny Estrada double. Reed stayed in the game despite the pain, and he even singled sharply to left field.

The next day, Reed had an X-ray taken, and it revealed the fracture of the scaphoid bone in his right wrist, a small but significant nagging injury that usually keeps players out of action for between one and two months, if not longer.

Griffin said that the initial X-ray left the team's medical staff "very suspicious," which is why they ordered more tests and had Reed go back to Seattle to see noted hand specialist Dr. Carleton Keck of the Seattle Hand Group.

"It's an old fracture and it's completely healed," Griffin said. "It's not related to anything that's going to cause a problem. He might have done it when he was seven years old skateboarding in Orange County, for all I know."

Reed, who will undergo more tests on Saturday, after which the team will know better how to proceed, said that he had no recollection of breaking his wrist at any point in his younger years. He said that he didn't even skateboard that much.

One thing he was sure of was that he was incredibly surprised and happy to have been released from the internal roller coaster he's been riding for the last several days.

"It's definitely a relief," Reed said. "There were a lot of emotions, and I'm excited for it now."

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Reed said that the wrist, which is sprained, is still tender and sore, but he quickly added, "I'm glad it's not broken."

In the meantime, Reed said that he'll start up his regular conditioning routine once again, and he'll throw and wait to hit until he's told that he can.

"I'm going to do everything I can do to strengthen it," Reed said. "And I'll do everything I can to stay in the shape that I was when I left.

"I went in basically thinking [I would miss] six weeks, minimum, and it could be a heck of a lot longer. So this is better than I ever could have imagined."

It was a confusing four-day period for Reed, to say the least.

Reed said that while the CT scan was going on, the doctor was telling Reed that he didn't see a fracture.

"And I'm telling him which bone is broken," Reed said. "And he's telling me it's not there. And I'm going, 'I don't know what's going on.' "

Reed described the range of emotions as going from "disappointing to frustrated to happy to [ticked] off that I have to take all these tests, now very relieved."

The Mariners have to be relieved, too.

They were trying to figure out what to do without Reed, and they had seemed to settle on the notion that Joe Borchard could win the center-field job and bat ninth, which would push shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to the second slot in the lineup, for which Reed was a contender.

Borchard played every game in center since Reed's injury, looked solid defensively and hit a long home run in a five-RBI game on Friday afternoon.

But once Reed is back in the mix, Borchard will be back in the reserve category, and the Mariners' lineup will change again.

In the meantime, Reed said that he'll try as hard as he can to be playing as soon as he can and that he won't change the way he plays outfield, either.

"I thought over and over again a million times, 'It's Spring Training -- why did I do it?'

"But I'm not going to change the way I go about my business. If I go out and I have an opportunity to make a play like that, I'll do it."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.