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Outfielders Josh Reddick and Chris Young Off to Rough Starts for Oakland Athletics

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics were swept this weekend by the Tampa Bay Rays, and one of the main reasons for Oakland’s poor play the past three nights has to do with the outfield situation.

Slugger/lineup cornerstone Yoenis Cespedes is still on the D.L., but says he’ll be ready to re-join the team next weekend. Frankly, his return can’t come soon enough.

Josh Reddick (1-11)  and Chris Young  (0-8) both had disappointing weekends in Tampa, exemplary of the A’s offense, which hit the skids against Rays starters Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson and Roberto Hernandez. Both outfielders are having slow starts to the 2013 season, with Reddick having a particularly hard time staying with the ball and keeping his batting average over the .100 mark.

Needless to say, if the A’s want to do anything in 2013 they’ll need more consistent performances from the outfield contingent of Reddick, Young, Cespedes, Coco Crisp (who’s been great so far) and Seth Smith. The struggles of Young and Reddick, though, are perplexing, and if they continue to be an issue, the A’s might be faced with some tough decisions.

Then again, it’s only April 21st, and even after being swept, the A’s are still 12-7 heading into a road series against the similarly surprising Boston Red Sox. There’s still plenty of time for struggling players to adjust and remedy any issues that are keeping them from performing at their best.

The A’s would probably prefer that Reddick and Young find a way to figure out whatever is holding them back and right the ship, so to speak. Because as hot as Oakland has been out of the gate this season, just imagine how they’d be with the outfield core playing to the best of its abilities.

Adrian Garro is an Oakland Athletics writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and/ or add him to your network on Google.