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Brown, Grilli injured before exhibition opener

By Sheldon Published: March 5, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Jordan Brown was in the lineup as the left fielder for today's exhibition season opener against the Reds but was scratched about two hours before game time with right knee soreness.

The injury is not believed to be serious, but he was removed from the lineup as a precautionary measure. Austin Kearns took the place of Brown, who has only an outside chance of making the roster.

Possibly more serious was a right knee injury to Jason Grilli that occurred today during drills. The club had no further information on either injury. Grilli is competing for a job in the bullpen.

Matt LaPorta has begun his running program and is scheduled to play in his first game on Wednesday. LaPorta and Michael Brantley are contending for the everyday left field job.

Lonnie Chisenhall has spring training figured out, or at least what his bosses are looking for from a prospect who has no chance to make the team.

""Big-league camp is to show them how I work and carry myself,'' he said. ""You prove yourself during the season.''

Too many minor-league players in Chisenhall's position go all out trying to get noticed in spring training and end up underperforming because of self-induced pressure.

Stats Inc. has figured out that the Tribe has the youngest 40-man roster in the big leagues with an average age of 26.25 years. The aggregate average age of all the major-league rosters is 27.86 years.

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