Oakland Athletics Thankful Josh Reddick’s Injury Not as Bad as Anticipated

By Michael Terrill
Oakland Athletics Thankful Josh Reddick’s Injury Not as Bad as Anticipated
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Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is officially listed as day-to-day after suffering a right wrist sprain in Sunday’s finale against the Houston Astros. The Athletics have to be thankful that it was only a wrist sprain that Reddick sustained, considering the violent hit he took running into the wall down the right-field line.

Reddick ran full speed chasing a ball in foul territory, but was unable to slow down after he nearly missed making the catch. The 26-year-old tumbled forward instead of sliding, and used both hands in an attempt to suppress the collision. Unfortunately, his right wrist could not hold up during the crash into the wall. Reddick could be seeing lying on the ground in agonizing pain as he clutched his arm.

The good news is the injury is nowhere near as severe as it certainly could have been. I cannot imagine a single person in the ballpark who would have thought all he suffered was a simple sprain.

“It was a huge sigh of relief,” Reddick told Athletics.com. “I was scared. I was nervous that something was seriously wrong because I lost feeling in that area for quite a while. I never lost feeling in the fingers, which I knew was a good sign. But for as hard as that wall is with all that metal wiring, I was really nervous about how serious it was going to be.”

Fans in Oakland should expect Reddick to be out for several games, as the organization is still considering putting him on the disabled list if need be. However, management will not make any decisions on that front until later this week.

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