Griffey will play rain or shine once season starts

SARASOTA, Fla. -- While Ken Griffey Jr. has been a fair-weather player this spring -- he's either been scratched or moved to designated hitter when it's rained -- he will be in the Cincinnati Reds lineup rain or shine once the season begins.

"No, he'll play," Reds manager Dave Miley told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He's only been out there three or four times. There's no reason to push it down here."

Griffey started in center field Tuesday night against the Twins, but was switched from playing center to DH before Monday's game against Minnesota on Monday after it rained all morning in Fort Myers.

Griffey is having a solid spring, hitting .282 with four RBI and four doubles, but no home runs in 39 at-bats. Griffey, who is coming back from Aug. 16 surgery to repair a complete tear of his right hamstring, has started five games in center field.

In other news at Reds camp, Jose Acevedo was sent to the minors Wednesday after struggling early in camp while trying to win a spot in the bullpen.

The right-hander was among five players sent to the minors by the Reds, who still have 31 players in camp. He and right-hander Todd Coffey were optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Catcher Bobby Estalella, outfielder Jason Romano and left-hander Jeriome Robertson were reassigned. The Reds later granted Estalella's request to release him so he could try to get a major league job with another team.

Acevedo, 27, was considered one of the Reds' best young starting
prospects in 2001, when he was promoted from Double-A. He won a
spot in the rotation last year, but went 5-12 with a 5.94 ERA in 27
starts and 12 relief appearances.

The Reds plan to make their final cuts following an exhibition
game Saturday against Toronto in Louisville, Ky. They must reach
the 25-player limit for the opener Monday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.