For the second day in a row, the Reds played without Ken Griffey
Jr., who strained his right calf while running out a grounder on
Griffey got more treatment and showed major improvement, Dr.
Timothy Kremchek said. Griffey might resume running on Thursday and
is expected to be fully recovered by opening day.
"He's a lot better," Kremchek said. "He has virtually no
soreness and full motion. We're very optimistic."
Haynes, who started the Reds' season opener last year, provided
evidence that he has fully recovered from a bulging disc in his
back that bothered him all last year.
Haynes had some weakness in the back when he showed up for
spring training, setting him back. Newcomer Cory Lidle has been
given the opening day start.
In five innings, Haynes allowed only five hits and didn't walk a
batter. He induced three double plays from a mix-and-match lineup.
"I had everything working for me, really," Haynes said. "I
feel great. My arm feels good, my back feels good. I'm just trying
to keep it that way."
Manager Dave Miley hasn't figured out where Haynes figures in
the rotation, waiting to see how he did before making up his mind.
Miley plans to set the rotation on Friday.
"He's been fine," Miley said. "Every (pitch) limit that's
been thrown at him, he's gotten to without a problem."
The Blue Jays sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs in the
seventh inning off left-hander Jesus Sanchez, trying to win a spot
in the bullpen. Jeff Guiel started the rally with a solo homer.
Right-hander Chris Baker pitched five innings, giving up three
hits, as a fill-in for Roy Halladay. The AL Cy Young winner pitched
eight shutout innings against Yankees Triple-A players in Tampa,
staying on schedule to start Toronto's season opener.
Lidle pitched four innings against Minnesota's Triple-A
players, giving up three runs and three hits. ... Reds 3B Brandon
Larson, on the DL with turf toe, went 2-for-4 in the same minor
league game with a double and a homer. ... RHP Todd Jones threw in
the bullpen without any problems. Jones, trying to win a spot in
the Reds' bullpen, was hit on the right arm by a line drive Monday
night. Jones expects to pitch in a game on Thursday. ... Toronto
placed RHP Bob File (right shoulder) on the 15-day DL retroactive
to March 26 and claimed RHP Sean Douglass off waivers from
Minnesota. He will be in camp on Thursday.