Reddick leaves game with left ankle sprain

Reddick leaves game with left ankle sprain
March 22, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Josh Reddick hit a career-high 32 home runs in 2012 and played elite defense in right field with 15 outfield assists. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Josh Reddick was removed from Friday's game prior to the top of the third inning with a sprained left ankle. He is being listed as day-to-day. There are still nine days until Opening Day.

Through A's public relations director Bob Rose, the trainers said that Reddick planted awkwardly on the foot in his second inning catch. A's manager Bob Melvin downplayed the severity of the injury after the game. 

"He just rolled his ankle, it's not a big deal," Melvin said. "He was off tomorrow anyway, I expect him to be able to play the day after tomorrow."

The Oakland Athletics Gold Glove right fielder struck out swinging in the first inning and caught a fly ball in the second frame.

During the fly ball play he made in right field, Reddick ran in on the ball, looked like he had some trouble seeing it, pulled up sharply and tracked back to make the catch. The A's are playing their first night game and the lights may have had an effect on the right fielder.

Reddick is a big part of the A's plans this season. He hit a career-high 32 home runs in 2012 and played elite defense in right field. Reddick had 15 outfield assists last season, tying him for the third most in Oakland history.

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