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Jays hopeful of Hinske move to OF

Position battles are all but non-existent for the Blue Jays.

The only real question is whether former infielder and American League rookie of the year Eric Hinske can make the transition to the outfield. The plan is platoon Hinske in rightfield with Alex Rios, and go with Hinske when the Jays face a right-hander.

Hinske, who is looking at his third new position in three years after moving over from third to first last year, says it is something he simply has to do.

"I don't think I was going to get any at-bats anywhere else in the lineup, so wherever I can help the team win is what I'm trying to do."

SORE DIGIT: Justin Speier's finger injury will cost him two weeks of spring training. The reliever, who tore a tendon in his middle finger in September, tweaked the finger again Wednesday as pitchers threw to hitters for the first time this spring.

An MRI late Wednesday afternoon revealed no serious damage.

"A couple of weeks and it should calm down," Jays manager John Gibbons said. "There's nothing major there. He won't throw but he will work out."

QUICK HIT: Outfielder Vernon Wells was in Toronto on Wednesday having team doctors examine his strained left quad. Wells was expected back in camp today and, like Speier, should resume full workouts in two weeks.

- TIMES WIRES

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