Alas, the A's right fielder was out of the starting lineup in Anaheim for a third straight game after spraining his right wrist on Sunday, but he was expected to be a pinch-hit option for Melvin if all went well in batting practice.
Chris Young made his third consecutive start in right field against the Angels on Thursday in Reddick's stead.
"I know he feels good," Melvin said. "If all things went well, then he could potentially come off the bench. I do tend to err on the side of caution, but you never know how the game's going to play out."
Given Reddick's encouraging progression, there's a good chance he finds his name in the starting lineup for Friday's opener against Detroit at home.
"I was pretty worried," Melvin said. "Just the look of it was ugly, but it doesn't surprise me that he's responding this quick."
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