A's extras: Should Reddick have risked it?

Melvin on Reddick: 'It takes a lot to get him out of a game'

A's extras: Should Reddick have risked it?
April 7, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Josh Reddick sprained his right wrist after crashing into the low wall down the right field foul line in Houston.

HOUSTON, Tex. -- When Josh Reddick slammed into the wall at Minute Maid Park up 8-0 against the Astros, many of the people in the viewing audience were questioning why the A's gold glove right fielder would take such a risk. The A's had the game all but won, and if the ball drops it's merely a foul ball.

Why risk missing an extended period of time for a ball that's not even in play?

It's not that simple, though. Professional athletes don't always have the luxury of rational thought on their side when instincts kick in.

"That's tough, everyone is out here because they have those instincts and that drive to make every play," shortstop Jed Lowrie said. "It would be hard to say 'Well it was 8-0 he should have just pulled up.'"

Last season Reddick won the gold glove partly because he played with that reckless abandon. You'd be hard-pressed to find a guy with more full-extension headfirst diving catchers than Reddick last year. After the game, with his sprained right wrist heavily bandaged, Reddick said worrying about hurting yourself while playing isn't the right way.

"It doesn't matter what the score is, I'm always playing hard," Reddick said. "I'm not going to change that."

A's manager Bob Melvin doesn't try and dial back Reddick's aggressive style of play. He understands that Reddick only knows one way. The pitchers that Reddick plays behind sure appreciate it.

"As a pitcher you have to applaud his effort because he's giving 100% at that point," Anderson said.

Time will tell how long Reddick is out, but the team has a day off on Monday and it looks like it's possible he could avoid a stint on the disabled list.

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Lowrie is hitting an even .500 after another three-hit day. The newest A's infielder hit his third home run on Sunday to help beat his former team. Lowrie has homered in back-to-back games in Houston. He's been so hot that Melvin took him out of his customary two spot and batted him cleanup on Sunday.

"What are we seven games into it?" Melvin said. "It's pretty remarkable to be hitting .500."

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Chris Young hit a three-run homer against Lucas Harrell in the fourth inning. The Houston native has a .405 average with six home runs in his career at Minute Maid Park.

[Young] tends to have pretty good series in Houston," Melvin said. "He swinging the bat well, everyone is getting at-bats, everyone is staying current with their at-bats, to an extent, so that's a good thing too."

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