Reddick swings pain-free, could play Thursday

Reddick swings pain-free, could play Thursday

ANAHEIM -- After taking 40 swings off a tee on Wednesday afternoon with no pain in his sprained wrist, A's right fielder Josh Reddick deemed himself available off the bench for that night's game against the Angels.

An eager Reddick maybe spoke too soon, with manager Bob Melvin saying that the outfielder could return as soon as Thursday, but the fact that he feels ready for game action again is encouraging.

Melvin said Reddick will go through full pregame activities, including batting practice on Thursday. Should all go well, he could be back in the starting lineup for Friday's home game against Detroit.

"No issues on the outer wrist, which was my concern," Reddick said. "A little sore where there's bruising, but that's going to happen, because it's bruised.

"What I saw on the video, I thought it was going to be a lot worse than what I went through. To be at this stage, just a few days after it happened, I'm quite happy. I don't think it'll be taking much longer."

Yes, Reddick has watched video of his Sunday crash into the wall at Minute Maid Park -- and more than once.

"After I saw it," he said, "I was shocked that nothing was broken or fractured. I should've let my face hit first. Maybe my beard would've cushioned it a little bit."

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