Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Freel gets knee 'scoped

Reds notebook

By Kevin Kelly
Enquirer staff writer

Ryan Freel had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Freel hit .277 in 143 games last season and led the Reds with 37 stolen bases. He made 10 or more starts at five positions, the first player to do so since Detroit's Tony Phillips in 1992.

The Reds also activated outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and right-handed pitchers Josh Hall and D.J. Mattox from the 60-day disabled list.

Griffey tore his hamstring in August, Hall missed the season following shoulder surgery and Mattox was sidelined all year because of elbow surgery.

• For the second consecutive year, longtime Reds radio broadcaster Joe Nuxhall is a candidate to be added to the Ford C. Frick Award ballot by a fan vote.

Reds television broadcasters George Grande and Chris Welsh join Nuxhall on the list of more than 150 candidates.

Fans can vote until Dec. 1 at The top three vote-getters, who will be announced Dec. 13, will be added to the 2005 ballot.

• The A's signed former Reds pitcher Seth Etherton to a one-year contract Tuesday. The 28-year-old right-hander went 9-7 with a 3.07 ERA in 26 starts between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville last season.

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