Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is hoping to avoid surgery on his right wrist. He initially suffered the injury on April 7 against the Houston Astros and has been unable to play in a game since May 6.
Reddick sprained his wrist after he ran full speed chasing a ball in foul territory. He was unable to slow down after he nearly missed making the catch and used both hands in an attempt to suppress the collision with the separating wall down the right-field line. His wrist took the brunt of the blow, which looked very painful as Reddick laid on the ground in agonizing pain.
There is still a chance the 26-year-old will have to undergo surgery to repair the damage in his wrist. However, the Athletics are hoping that will not be necessary. In fact, Oakland has invited Reddick to take batting practice with the team on Friday. If all goes well he will be taking part in a rehab assignment as early as next week.
“I don’t think you rule anything out, but certainly he’s progressing to the point where we’re not talking about surgery,” manager Bob Melvin said, according to Athletics.com. “We’re talking about a rehab assignment.”
The four-year player is eligible to be activated off the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, but obviously, there is no way he will be able to play right away. The fact that he could avoid surgery all together is quite promising considering what the organization has witnessed over the past few weeks.
Reddick is batting .152 with one home run, 14 RBI, six doubles, 14 walks, five stolen bases and 10 runs in 92 at-bats this season.