MESA, Ariz. -- A's right fielder Josh Reddick was scratched from a scheduled start against the D-backs on Friday because of a right oblique strain he sustained during morning defensive drills. Reddick believes it's a minor strain, and he said he is "optimistic" he'll only be out four or five days.
The 28-year-old outfielder missed two months of the 2009 season because of a Grade 2 strain in his left oblique, and that injury "felt like I got stabbed with a knife," Reddick said. "I went down to the ground and everything hurt -- coughing, sneezing, breathing. This doesn't feel like that one."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.