Reds criticize lack of padding

August 28, 1991

Cincinnati Reds players say that the Riverfront Stadium fence against which Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra crashed Monday night should have been padded long ago.

The season-ending broken right collarbone provided ammunition for Reds outfielders who have lobbied for years to get padding.

"Something should be done," Reds outfielder Eric Davis said. "There should come a point in time when you wake up and say, 'Hey, I've got to do something about it.' "

Davis said he's lobbied club president Marge Schott, without result.

The city operates the stadium and has been at odds with both the Reds and the NFL Bengals for years over improvements and upkeep. The teams contend it's the city's responsibility to perform such chores.

Four National League stadiums don't have padded fences: Wrigley Field, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Candlestick Park and Riverfront.

Dykstra said: "How much would it cost? No matter what, it would be worth it."

* METS: Outfielder Kevin McReynolds was listed as day to day after X-rays on his injured left ankle were negative.

McReynolds sprained the ankle Monday night when chasing what turned into an inside-the-park home run by the Astros' Ken Caminiti. McReynolds was taken from the field in a chair.

* RED SOX: Jack Clark, who tore a calf muscle while hitting a home run Monday night, is expected to be out at least a week.

* WHITE SOX: Bo Jackson stole a base for the first time in his four-game minor-league rehabilitation stint, sliding into second and advancing to third on a wild throw for Class AA Birmingham.

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