Reading tea leaves for Griffey’s role
Sooooo I’m not sure what to make of Jim Street’s latest. It reads like he’s going to be playing as much left field as he wants and can, but also like the M’s are just getting him time out there now while trying to establish why he won’t be a regular:
“The biggest thing is how much Junior wants to play left field,” Wakamatsu said. “I know how effective he can play there, but his health will dictate it as much as anything. We have talked to him about doing whatever we can to get as much production out of him while keeping him healthy all year.
“We don’t want that [left] knee flaring up on him, forcing him to play hurt the way he did last year. I think he’s all for that.”
There’s a lot of commentary, which we’ll discard, and then this indirect quote
Wakamatsu said that several factors would be taken into account when determining how much playing time Griffey gets in the field and how much time he spends in the DH role.
Endy Chavez — currently playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic — probably would get the majority of starts in left field against right-handed pitchers. Griffey would handle the DH duties in most of those games.
Of course, being the pessimist I am, because pessimism is tomorrow’s status reports delivered early, I immediately jumped to wondering how much “most” and “majority” is.
Still, I have faith — the team’s been making smart moves all off-season. Until we see Griffey out there three days a week I’m going to assume they’re just seeing what they’ve got and how much of liability he’d be if he did play.