Reddick improving; Anderson on track for next start
ANAHEIM — Josh Reddick expressed improvement in his sprained right wrist on Tuesday, but the A’s outfielder remains day to day and is unlikely to play in the club’s three-game series in Anaheim.
Manager Bob Melvin wasn’t ready to say as much Tuesday afternoon, but he didn’t have to. Reddick won’t attempt to pick up a bat until Wednesday, making even the possibility of a Thursday return ambitious. Friday, it seems, could potentially be the soonest he makes his way back to right field.
“He’s pretty quick to recover,” Melvin said. “We’re literally day to day. Whether it’s a couple days, whether it’s this series, whether he’s all right tomorrow, I really don’t know yet.”
In the meantime, Melvin said he will rely on Chris Young to handle right-field duties, giving the A’s an outfield of three true center fielders, with Yoenis Cespedes in left and Coco Crisp in center.
“When things like this pop up,” he said, “you realize why the front office went out and got us the type of depth we do have.”
Still, the disabled list remains a faint idea, with Reddick not even thinking about it.
“I don’t see it happening,” he said.
Reddick was relieved by an encouraging visit with the team’s trainers on Tuesday and was simply going to continue to ice the wrist, still visibly swollen, and perhaps try a handful of range-of-motion and strength exercises later in the day.
“Then we’ll see where we’re at tomorrow,” he said.
Reddick initially suffered the injury Sunday in Houston, where his wrist felt the brunt of the impact when he crashed into a wall while trying to snag a ball in foul territory. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays, which proved negative.
On the same day the Angels learned they’ll be without No. 1 starter Jered Weaver for a month, the A’s relayed encouraging information from the opposing dugout regarding their own ace.
Lefty Brett Anderson, who suffered a left thumb contusion during his Sunday start against the Astros, is “in good shape” to make his next scheduled outing at home on Saturday against the Tigers, manager Bob Melvin said.
“He’s going to play catch today and if everything goes well, I don’t see why he wouldn’t throw his normal bullpen a couple of days after that,” Melvin said. “It’s a little bit sore, but he does get an extra day, anyway.”
Anderson can thank Monday’s off-day for that. He’ll now be able to push back his bullpen session by a day and start on five days’ rest rather than four.
The A’s southpaw underwent X-rays that came out negative at a Houston hospital immediately after completing his sixth inning on Sunday, four frames after he hurt his thumb. Knowing he was able to pitch with the injury and match a career high in strikeouts (10) along the way, the A’s were never too concerned about the hurler but simply wanted to act out of precautionary measures.
A’s rehabbing infielders Hiro Nakajima and Adam Rosales are making encouraging strides in their respective rehabs back in the Bay Area, manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday.
Nakajima, nursing a strained left hamstring back to health, has begun taking swings in the cage and, on Monday, he even endured a few 40-yard sprints.
“He’s starting to feel that much better,” Melvin said, “so my guess is that once we get home he might be able to get out on the field with us and do all the normal pregame activities.”
The A’s return home from a six-game road swing on Friday, and should Nakajima be ready to participate in full baseball activity, the club can then begin deciphering potential timetables, including when to send him out for a Minor League rehab assignment.
Still, when Nakajima is deemed 100 percent, he’s not guaranteed a spot on the A’s roster — not while Jed Lowrie remains fully healthy himself and continues raking at the plate, where he entered the day batting .500 through the first seven games.
Rosales, meanwhile, has also started taking swings and playing catch, after being limited in activity by an intercostal strain. He, too, will likely play in a few Minor League games before the A’s decide whether to bring him back immediately.