Reddick expects to avoid DL, Anderson on track

Reddick expects to avoid DL, Anderson on track
April 9, 2013, 6:00 pm

Josh Reddick sprained his right wrist after crashing into the low wall down the right field foul line in Houston. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ANAHEIM -- The Oakland Athletics will play without Josh Reddick on Tuesday. He is undergoing treatment on his sprained right wrist. The A's don't know if he will be able to return during their series against the Angels in Anaheim.

"He's pretty quick to recover," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I probably don't have him today, but literally day to day."

Reddick will be doing range of motion and strengthening drills on his wrist. His palm is still visibly bruised, but he says most of the pain is coming from the outside part of his wrist.

"I've got some range of motion now," Reddick said. "It's still pretty swollen, we'll see where we're at tomorrow. Pick up a bat hopefully."

Reddick said he spoke with the trainers and they told him everything was great. He doesn't think there's any chance he will be going on the disabled list. He is able to use his right hand for normal functions and even made Brandon Moss a cup of hot chocolate in the clubhouse without issue.

Speaking of Moss, after the early labor scare, his wife Allison is back on a more normal schedule. The Moss' second son is due on April 28, and it appears that he won't be coming early as initially expected.

That doesn't mean the team isn't taking precautions. Moss is starting at first base with Nate Freiman serving as the designated hitter in the series opener with the Angels. Melvin felt it was important to keep Moss in the lineup because they'll lose him for a few days when his son, Brody, comes.

"I do want to keep Moss out there some," Melvin said. "If we do lose him, I don't want him going three or four days off with the two left-handed starters they have here."

Thumbs Up

A's starting pitcher Brett Anderson is recovering from a thumb contusion that he suffered last Sunday against the Houston Astros. The off day allowed the A's to push back all of the pitchers in their rotation, so he gets and extra day to recover.

"He's in good shape to get his next start," Melvin said.

The DL

Hiro Nakajima and Adam Rosales continue to progress from their injuries back in Oakland. The two infielders are getting closer to going on a rehab assignment. Nakajima has been hitting and doing 40-yard sprints on his strained left hamstring. Rosales, who is recovering from an intercostal strain, has been swinging the bat and playing catch.

The A's will have a better idea about the status of Nakajima and Rosales when the team returns to Oakland.

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