Mariners lose starting CF Reed for six weeks

Seattle Mariners starting center fielder Jeremy Reed has a broken bone in his right wrist and could miss six weeks.

General manager Bill Bavasi announced Reed's injury on Friday morning at the team's spring training headquarters in Peoria, Ariz. Bavasi said Reed fractured a small bone inside his wrist when he ran into the padded center-field fence at Peoria Sports Complex on Thursday night. Reed was pursuing a fifth-inning fly ball hit by Arizona catcher Johnny Estrada.

Reed remained in the game until the eighth inning, when he yielded for a pinch-runner. He said he felt discomfort throughout the last half of the game but only learned the extent of the injury afterward.

Reed was on a Friday morning flight to Seattle to see Dr. Carleton Keck, a hand specialist and team consultant. After repeatedly emphasizing the team will have a better assessment of Reed's prognosis after Keck sees the player, Bavasi said Reed will probably miss about six weeks.

Until then, utilityman Willie Bloomquist or versatile Mike Morse could play for him.

Reed batted .254 in 141 games as the youngest player on Seattle's Opening Day roster last season. The 24-year-old was expected to begin this season back in center field and perhaps bat second behind All-Star Ichiro Suzuki. Reed and Morse came to the Mariners in a trade for pitcher Freddy Garcia on June 27, 2004.

Reed was hitting .316 (12-for-38) with three doubles, a triple and one home run in 13 spring games.