Oakland Athletics ‘outfielder Josh Reddick left Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning after crashing into the wall attempting to catch a foul pop up off the bat of Houston infielder Jose Altuve.
Reddick walked off the field with manager Bob Melvin and the A’s training staff heavily favoring his right wrist/forearm area – definitely not something the A’s or their fans want to see. Reddick was one of the team leaders in 2012, breaking out to win a Gold Glove for his defense and hitting 32 home runs.
After the game, A’s beat writer Susan Slusser reported that Reddick suffered a sprained right wrist. On paper, that definitely doesn’t sound as bad as if he had broken the wrist, but you never know. Slusser said he’s day-to-day, officially.
Should Reddick be sidelined for a significant amount of time while getting back to full health, the A’s will look to their outfield depth to pick up the slack. This is pretty much why the team acquired outfielder Chris Young from the Arizona Diamondbacks back in October, a move that seemed odd at the time but now makes a lot more sense given the context.
Young joined the A’s crowded outfield with Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Seth Smith, and if Reddick is out of action for a lengthy period of time, Melvin can opt to rely on that depth for the time being.
Oakland beat the Astros 9-3, sweeping the series, but obviously Reddick’s situation overshadowed the outcome of the game.