A's notes: Reddick's golden return, Sizemore to undergo surgery

A's notes: Reddick's golden return, Sizemore to undergo surgery
April 12, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Scott Sizemore, who tore the ACL in his left knee for a second time, will have his ACL repaired on Tuesday. (AP IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- The A's get Josh Reddick's bat in the starting lineup for the first time since he sprained his right wrist last Sunday. He will be batting third and playing right field. Reddick will be honored before the game with a gold glove presentation ceremony. The Guyton, Georgia native will have his family in attendance.

"That's really an award you take a lot of pride in," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It's one thing to hit and do some things offensively, and he did hit 32 home runs last year, to get a gold glove on top of it really shows that you are an all around player."

Speaking of winning, Melvin took time after his daily media session to acknowledge the Golden State Warriors and their head coach Mark Jackson, who just clinched a playoff berth.

"What a terrific run," Melvin said. "To get to the postseason this year is phenomenal. There's a lot of Warriors fans here, so we're all pulling and watching. Congratulations to Mark Jackson and his club."

Melvin's godfather was a trainer for the Warriors and the A's skipper got to spend time around the team as a kid.

Infield Injury Updates

Scott Sizemore, who tore the ACL in his left knee for a second time, will travel to Florida on Sunday, meet with Doctor James Andrews on Monday, and have his ACL repaired on Tuesday.

"Usually they will take the graft from another part of the body," A's trainer Nick Paparesta said. "Scott had his done from his hamstring tendon, so they could potentially go from the patella tendon or they'll take a cadaver graft."

Paparesta pointed out that former A's catcher Landon Powell had two ACL operations on the same knee. He has been able to recover from the procedures physically.

"My heart goes out to him, it really does," Adam Rosales said of Sizemore. "My stomach dropped when I saw him go off the field with the same knee."

-- Shortstop Hiro Nakajima has been running and hitting on his strained left hamstring. With the A's back in town, Nakajima got to workout under the watchful eye of the training staff. At this point, Nakajima is closer to going on a rehab assignment than Rosales.

-- Rosales swung in the cage, hit off the tee, and threw the ball with no problems on Friday. The plan is for him to take batting practice at some point on this home stand before going on a rehab assignment.

"Swinging is 100% but I haven't taken any live pitching," Rosales said.

Rosales is recovering from a left intercostal strain. The intercostal is a muscle between the ribs. The only remedy for that type of injury is rest.

"You're just trying to strengthen all the body parts around it to make it as strong as you can," Paparesta said.

Rosales and Nakajima could represent valuable infield depth for the A's with Sizemore out for the season.

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