Oakland Athletics’ Josh Reddick Closing in on Return

By Michael Terrill
Oakland Athletics’ Josh Reddick Closing in on Return
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Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick began his four-game rehab assignment on Monday with Single-A Stockton. He looked good in the start as he begins to close in on a return to the big leagues.

The Athletics have said that Reddick will most likely suit up for four rehab games before the organization makes a decision on when he is ready to return to the big leagues. After going 1-for-3 on Monday, Reddick will play his next game on Tuesday for Triple-A Sacramento. He will play at least three games with the Minor League team before he hopefully gets activated for the weekend series against the Chicago White Sox.

The 26-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 8 with a right wrist injury. He initially sprained his wrist after he ran full speed chasing a ball in foul territory on April 7 against the Houston Astros. 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.

Obviously, his wrist never healed properly over the next month. It got to the point where there was so much discomfort he had no choice but to go on the disabled list. The good news is he did not have to undergo surgery, which was a realistic possibility at one point.

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.

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