PHILADELPHIA: Mark Reynolds took a big swing in the third inning of the Tribe's 10-4 win over the Phillies and grabbed his left arm.
After manager Terry Francona and head trainer Lonnie Chisenhall checked him out, Reynolds stepped in the box and hit a two-run double.
“”I kind of hyperextended my arm right where the bicep and the elbow come together,’’ Reynolds explained.
He needed the delay to for the pain to wear off.
“”I had to get the feeling back in my arm,’’ he said. “”It’s hard to hit when you have a numb arm.’’
Reynolds remained in the game until Francona needed to use his spot in the batting order for a relief pitcher. He said he will have no problem playing Friday night, after today’s off day.
The Indians have played 14 games in the past 13 days. After their day off Thursday, they will begin a stretch of 20 games without a break.
“”There will be an optional workout tomorrow, and if they show up, they’re going to be optioned out,’’ Francona said. “”They need to get away from the ballpark for a day.’’
PHILADELPHIA: With Lonnie Chisenhall back in Columbus work on his offense, who will play third?
“”Mark Reynolds certainly will play third the majority of the time,’’ manager Francona said today. “”And Mike Aviles can do that too.’’
Francona will be careful not to overuse Reynolds at a position he has played only one-third of the season.
“”If he played (there) every day, it would be one thing,’’ the manager said, “”But I don’t want to run him into the ground. I do think he likes it, though.’’
Undoubtedly, Reynolds, who leads the team in home runs and RBI, will be in the lineup almost every day, but he won’t always be at third.
At the outset of the season, Reynolds was expected to be the Tribe’s DH most of the time, but he has spent only one more game in that spot than Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher (11 apiece). Now that Reynolds is the club’s No. 1 third baseman, Francona will employ his other options a little more.
Following the Indians' double-header with the New York Yankees on Monday, in which the Tribe won the first game 1-0 and lost the second game 7-0, manager Terry Francona met with reporters. Here's a transcript of his press conference.To read more or comment...
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