Saturday, July 31, 1999
Reese's hand not broken, tests show
Second baseman may play today
BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds got a good break on the Pokey Reese front: There's no break.
Reese, who missed the last three games of a seven-game road trip after being hit on the left hand by a pitch Monday, went through an hour of tests Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital.
It's not broken, said Reese, who had started 94 of the Reds' first 97 games. It's just a bad bruise. I'll get more treatment. I should be ready to play (today).
Reese's health was a major concern because the hand did not improve much the last couple of days. He was hit by a pitch from Los Angeles' Ismael Valdes in the first inning of Monday's game. He tried to continue but had to come out after being picked off first base.
The swelling has gone down, he said. So it's a little better. The soreness is still in there. But if I have to play through a little pain, I'll play through a little pain.
Reese's injury came at a time when he needed a rest. He was 2-for-16 on the road trip before being hurt.
I was going to rest him anyway, Reds manager Jack McKeon. He plays so hard. I'm not going to rest him (now). I said: "You got hurt. That's your rest.'
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