"To be able to get four at-bats was big, and he ran the bases a little bit," Narron said. "We'll see how he is and go from there."Griffey declined to speak with reporters after he left the game. Before Reds starter Bronson Arroyo's first pitch of the game, Griffey was having a little fun and stationed himself really close to the foul line. "He says, 'I'm going to be on the line, dude. Make sure you throw a ball and then wave me over,'" Arroyo said. "I was like, 'Alright.' So I throw the ball five, six inches off the plate and the umpire calls 'Strike!' Griff probably thinks I threw it right down the middle." Beyond that, there were limited chances for Griffey to make plays while playing right field. He fielded a second-inning single by Abraham Nunez and a lazy fly ball by Shane Victorino in the Phillies third. Now, with just one week remaining before camp breaks, Griffey has little time to catch up and adjust to playing his new position before the Reds open against the Cubs on April 2. He also has to stay healthy. "I think he will be. We're all hoping he is," Narron said. "Having simulated games -- that helped him too. It's not like he was going up there without hitting all spring. He's had some at-bats." Narron believed Griffey wouldn't have much trouble adjusting to right field. "I've never been an outfielder, so I don't know to be honest with you. If you can play, you can play," Narron said. The plan is to give Griffey ample playing time before camp ends, but he is not on Sunday's travel roster to play the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. "I'm sure he won't play in all the games," Narron said. "I hope for him to play as many as he possibly can."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less