Reddick plans to play Monday

Reddick plans to play Monday
March 23, 2013, 12:00 pm
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If it were a regular season game, Josh Reddick said the ankle might not even have forced him out. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Less than a day removed from spraining his left ankle, Josh Reddick slightly limped around the A's clubhouse with his ankle wrapped. The Gold Glove right fielder wasn't scheduled to be in the lineup on Saturday against the Giants, and the plan is for him to sit out Sunday's game and get back in the lineup on Monday.

"I'm doing good, walking around a little better on it this morning," Reddick said. "It's still a little sore obviously. It's nothing too serious. I just want to be safe at this point in the spring. I don't want to play through it and risk having it come out worse and miss time in the season."

If it was the midseason, Reddick said he wouldn't even have come out of the game.

"It takes quite a bit to get him out," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

The injury occurred on what looked like a routine fly ball, but Reddick said the wind was a bit stronger than expected and the ball started to carry over his head. After he ran in and went to plant his foot, he had to correct and break back to make the catch. That's when the sprain occurred.

"My body was still facing forward and my ankle was still basically facing toward left field," Reddick said. "It looked a lot worse on video."

Reddick should be fully healthy in time for Opening Day. Although the injury isn't serious, it's a reminder of why the A's front office stacked their roster with quality outfielders.

"You're certainly able to combat injury," Melvin said. "You're able to rest guys and keep them from being too worn out, all of the above."

Reddick hit a career-high 32 home runs in 2012 and played elite defense in right field. He had 15 outfield assists last season, tying him for the third most in Oakland history.

 

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