Improving Reddick likely to miss Angels series

Improving Reddick likely to miss Angels series

ANAHEIM -- Josh Reddick expressed improvement in his sprained right wrist on Tuesday, but the A's outfielder remains day to day and is unlikely to play in the club's three-game series in Anaheim.

Manager Bob Melvin wasn't ready to say as much on Tuesday afternoon, but he didn't have to. Reddick won't attempt to pick up a bat until Wednesday, making even the possibility of a Thursday return ambitious. Friday, it seems, could potentially be the soonest he makes his way back to right field.

"He's pretty quick to recover," Melvin said. "We're literally day to day. Whether it's a couple days, whether it's this series, whether he's all right tomorrow, I really don't know yet."

In the meantime, Melvin said he will rely on Chris Young to handle right-field duties, giving the A's an outfield of three true center fielders, with Yoenis Cespedes in left and Coco Crisp in center.

"When things like this pop up," he said, "you realize why the front office went out and got us the type of depth we do have."

Still, a trip to the disabled list remains a faint idea, with Reddick not even thinking about it.

"I don't see it happening," he said.

Reddick was relieved by an encouraging visit with the team's trainers on Tuesday and was simply going to continue to ice the wrist, still visibly swollen, and perhaps try a handful of range-of-motion and strength exercises later in the day.

"Then we'll see where we're at tomorrow," he said.

Reddick initially sustained the injury Sunday in Houston, where his wrist took the brunt of the impact when he crashed into a wall trying to snag a ball in foul territory. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays, which proved negative.

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