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Reddick returns from DL with right knee brace

Reddick returns from DL with right knee brace

OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick returned to the A's roster on Tuesday with a right knee brace he plans on wearing for the remainder of the season.

"I know, now, with this brace on, that it's not going to move left, right, out and in like it's not supposed to," said Reddick, who doesn't lose any mobility with it. "This brace is just giving me that extra security knowing I can go out there and do what I need to do."

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Oakland's right fielder missed three weeks with a right knee sprain, having already been resigned to the disabled list for the majority of June because of the same injury. There are no indications he'll need surgery at any point.

"It's not any one particular thing in there that's tweaked," Reddick said. "They just see a lot of inflammation in there with some tendons. Maybe just something that needs rest, but that's something I can't afford to get right now."

Reddick was not in the A's lineup Tuesday but is expected to get the bulk of playing time in right field against right-handers. The A's face several in the next week, allowing manager Bob Melvin to do some juggling with his other left-handed bats.

Brandon Moss is likely to play first base on those days, with Stephen Vogt able to DH until he can catch again. Melvin said a foot issue has restricted him from those duties as of late.

Reddick brought a .229 average into Monday's game. He went 9-for-21 (.429) with three home runs, two doubles and eight RBIs in five games during his rehab stint with Class A Advanced Stockton and had "no issues" with the knee while fielding.

"Obviously it's not big league pitching," he said, "but anytime you can go down there and do well, it's a confidence booster."

The A's optioned infielder Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Reddick.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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