ARLINGTON -- The A's best hitter has been anything but that in recent days, leading manager Bob Melvin to lend him some needed rest. Right fielder Josh Reddick, mired in a career-long 0-for-27 slump, received a mental day off Tuesday for the club's second contest of a four-game set in Texas. "He's grinding pretty hard," Melvin said. "That hasn't changed."
Despite producing good at-bats and making solid contact in many of them, Reddick has just two hits in 30 at-bats through the first seven games of the A's crucial 10-game road trip through Detroit, New York and Texas, and none since Sept. 18, marking a week-long stretch without one. In that time, Melvin has bumped Reddick from his usual third spot in the lineup to No. 6 and, on Monday, No. 7. Yet it's been more of the same, and his struggles, combined with Coco Crisp's absence (pinkeye), has hindered an A's team that has dropped six of eight. Reddick endured a similar stretch in August but found his way out of it by going 14-for-28 with three home runs and nine RBIs over his next six games, before again finding frustration by way of a .133 average over his past 22. In his stead Tuesday, Brandon Moss drew a start in right field, while Daric Barton assumed first base duties and Chris Carter, who has showcased a couple of defensive lapses as of late, handled the designated-hitter role.