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Reed Johnson would like to be the Cubs’ every day center fielder. Right now, he’s the main man there until Kosuke Fukudome returns. The plan right now is to platoon the two during the season.
“This kid’s a gamer and he knows how to play,” Lou Piniella said of Johnson. “Is he an every every day outfielder coming off the surgery he had on his back? That remains to be seen. As a slash three/four outfielder, he’s perfect.”
The Cubs simply aren’t sure if Johnson has the durability to handle playing every day. He’s coming off back surgery in 2007. To his credit, Johnson dropped about 14 pounds this offseason and worked on strengthening his core so he could handle the workload.
— Carrie Muskat