Reddick on verge of starting rehab assignment

Reddick on verge of starting rehab assignment

OAKLAND -- A's right fielder Josh Reddick, nursing a strained right knee, could begin a rehab assignment by the end of this week that would last through the All-Star break, manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday.

"How many games yet, I'm not sure, but that could be the timetable if everything continues to go smoothly," Melvin said.

Reddick successfully went through his first full day of baseball activities on Monday, and he has been wearing a brace on his knee that he could continue to wear through the season if it does not hinder his mobility.

"I'm in favor of anything that keeps him healthy," Melvin said. "If it doesn't bother him too much to where it affects what he does out there, I'm all for it."

This is Reddick's second stint on the disabled list this year. It began June 29, just five days after he had returned from a hyperextended right knee.

Stephen Vogt, Brandon Moss and Craig Gentry have split time in right field in Reddick's absence. Gentry got the start for a second straight day against the Giants on Tuesday.

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