ARLINGTON -- The A's understand that wrist surgery is still a possibility for outfielder Josh Reddick, but they're also optimistic that he can avoid it.
How optimistic? Well, they're having Reddick join the team in Houston on Friday for a round of batting practice. And, "if everything goes well there," manager Bob Melvin said Monday, "we'll look for a rehab assignment for him.
"I don't think you rule anything out," Melvin continued, "but certainly he's progressing to the point where we're not talking about surgery. We're talking about a rehab assignment."
Reddick, whose right wrist has kept him out of game action since May 6, is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday. It seems more likely, though, that he could rejoin the A's at some point during their homestand next week.
In the meantime, Chris Young is expected to draw the majority of starts in right field.
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