Josh Reddick and his injured left wrist were on their way to Stockton Monday morning to play for the Class-A Ports in a rehab game -- "Let's hope he makes it," joked A's manager Bob Melvin -- on Monday night against Inland Empire.
After that, Reddick is due to join the triple-A Sacramento River Cats, who begin a three-game series against Salt Lake on Tuesday. But how many games, exactly, will Reddick rehab before rejoining the A's?
"We're leaving that open," Melvin said. "Three or four (games) are planned. Probably four."
In years past, the interleague Bay Bridge series consisted of a pair of three-game series, about a month apart and in each team's stadium. But with the Houston Astros making the jump from the National League Central to the American League West, creating an unbalanced schedule with an equal number of teams in each league, the Bay Bridge series has a more rushed feel to it.
Two games in Oakland on Monday and Tuesday will be followed by two games in San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday.
"The urgency's always there," Melvin said. "Now, it's just a four-game series."
The A's already know the Giants well enough, courtesy of spring training and the exhibition games, so there's less studying up to do on their cross-Bay rivals. It's the two-game sets against Cincinnati, in June and August, that are especially strange.
"You rely more on your strengths in series against unfamiliar opponents," Melvin said, because there's less time to feel each other out.
So yes, Melvin prefers a three-game series to a two-gamer.
"Most of the time it's a night game and then a day game, so you don't even know you're there," he said.
Another oddity of this series against the Giants? The A's opening a two-game homestand on Memorial Day with a day game after finishing up less than 24 hours earlier halfway across the country in Houston.
After a four-hour flight, the A's decided against taking batting practice on the field. The visiting Giants, meanwhile, did exactly that, after playing at AT&T Park on Sunday.