OAKLAND – Right fielder Josh Reddick says he’s tentatively set to begin a minor league rehab assignment over the All-Star break, meaning he could be close to rejoining the A’s once they return from next week’s four-day break.
Reddick is starting to mix in heavier baseball activity to test his strained right knee, which has landed him on the disabled list twice since the start of June. He took batting practice Monday and did some outfield work too.
“I even tried to rob a couple home runs,” Reddick said before Tuesday’s game against the Giants.
Though his knee feels good now, he added that it also felt fine at this point during his last rehab period, and he wound up back on the D.L. just four games after returning. To prevent further injury and further missed time, Reddick will begin wearing a protective brace, perhaps for the rest of the season.
He’ll wear it during rehab games – Reddick mentioned Single-A Stockton as a possible destination – to try to adjust to it.
“As uncomfortable as it may be, it’s something I’ve got to get used to,” he said.
Said A’s manager Bob Melvin: “I’m in favor of anything that keeps him healthy. If it doesn’t bother him too much to where it affects what he does, and he gets a secure feeling from it, I’m all for it.”