A's notes: Reddick's hijinks, Moss hoping to snap slump

A's notes: Reddick's hijinks, Moss hoping to snap slump
May 31, 2013, 6:00 pm
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"I hope I don't screw anything up. They've done a heck of a job without me." -- Josh Reddick (AP)

OAKLAND -- By now you've seen and heard that Josh Reddick and his rehabbed right wrist were activated off the disabled list and that the Gold Glove right fielder was batting seventh for the A's in their series opener against the Chicago White Sox.

What you may not have been made hip to, though, was just how good Reddick felt, how close to his hijinks-loving self he was some three-plus hours before first pitch.

That's when Reddick was walking precipitously on the top of the clubhouse couch, waving an electronic fly swatter that resembled a tennis racket as he chased his target. And no, he did not fall and injure himself…thankfully for the A's. Imagine the expression on general manager Billy Beane's face, though, had he walked into the clubhouse and seen Reddick on the hunt.

Instead, everyone will see Reddick take his chances in the batter's box against the White Sox beginning tonight.

"I don't feel anything (pain-wise) there now," Reddick said, after his pursuit of the clubhouse fly ended in victory for Reddick. "I'm swinging, throwing, diving. It worked out."

It was Reddick's four-game rehab stint -- one with Class A Stockton and three at Triple-A Sacramento -- and while he batted just a combined .214 for the Ports and River Cats, he did have three walks, two stolen bases and scored five runs while playing right field twice and serving as a designated hitter twice and obviously had no physical setbacks.

Thus, his return to the A's, for whom he was batting just .152 in 29 games with one home run and 14 RBI. Oakland has won 11 of its past 13 games, including taking three of four this week from the defending World Series champion Giants.

"I hope I don't screw anything up," Reddick said. "They've done a heck of a job without me. I want to get on that train. Not necessarily drive it. Jump on the back car and keep going with it."

A's manager Bob Melvin said he'd "love" to see Reddick eventually reclaim his spot at the three hole in the batting order.

"If he's in the 3-spot, that mean's he's swinging the bat well and driving the ball," Melvin said.

Reddick's four-day sojourn through the minors brought back memories, especially his day in Stockton. He bought the youngsters a BBQ dinner, he said.

"The objective was to get the timing back," Reddick said. "Get the foot down, work the count.

"But being in High-A, especially, that takes you back. You don't have a whole lot to work with (amenity-wise)."

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All three of the A's starting outfielders -- Reddick, Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes -- have had a stint on the D.L. thus far. As such, this will only be the seventh time this season they start in the same outfield. The A's are 4-2 in the previous six starts.

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So how do the A's guard against an emotional letdown after four high-intensity games against the Giants, a series many players equated to the playoffs?

"I woke up a little tired," Melvin admitted. "You just try to prepare for a particular day."

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Brandon Moss is in the midst of a 1-for-18 slump over his past eight games, eight-for-62 with 25 strikeouts over his last 21 games.

And while he struck out Thursday as a pinch-hitter at San Francisco, both Moss and Melvin liked what they saw in his at-bat.

"It was definitely a step in the right direction," Moss said after the game.

"Maybe I was over-trying to be be something I'm not, quite honestly."

Moss said his confidence had waned to the point if his stepping back from the plate, rather than daring pitchers to throw inside on him.

Melvin said Moss has proven to be a streaky hitter…in both directions. And that he liked seeing Moss not only take better swings, but work the count.

"We want him to get aggressive and do his thing," Melvin said of Moss. "Trust me, he's going to get it going."

Moss is hitting eighth tonight.

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