Melvin hopeful Reddick can avoid wrist surgery

Melvin hopeful Reddick can avoid wrist surgery
May 13, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Surgery is a last resort for Josh Reddick, who is a week or so away from swinging a bat following a wrist injury. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND – Josh Reddick is a week or so away from swinging a bat, and the A’s right fielder said Monday he isn’t ruling out surgery as an option for his sprained right wrist.

That’s unwelcome news for a team that has seen its outfield besieged by injuries over the past two weeks. But Reddick isn’t jumping to conclusions about what lays ahead in his recovery, and A’s manager Bob Melvin said surgery would be a last resort.

Reddick originally hurt his wrist April 7 in Houston when he collided with a wall while chasing a foul pop-up. He played through it but was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to May 7. That makes him eligible to return May 22.

Reddick just recently started doing strengthening exercises on the wrist. The key is how he feels when he swings a bat, and he said that won’t happen for another week because the training staff wants his wrist to be fully strengthened before he swings.

“I definitely want to try to see how it works out with a bat,” he said. “If it works out, it works out. If not, then unfortunately I may have to go down that road (of having surgery).”

Reddick had surgery for torn cartilage in his left wrist after the 2011 season, when he was still with the Boston Red Sox. There is no tear in his right wrist with this current injury.

He said the 2011 surgery involved a two-month recovery.

Reddick is hitting just .152 and had slid down to the bottom of the batting order at the time he joined the D.L. Still, he was a Gold Glover in right field last year, and the A’s are a banged-up bunch in the outfield.

Center fielder Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) ran the bases before Monday’s series opener against Texas, and he’s tentatively set to come off the D.L. on Wednesday. Fellow outfielder Chris Young seemed a sure bet to also be activated Wednesday, but his strained left quadriceps acted up during an extended spring training game Monday.

Given Thursday’s day off, Melvin said it’s possible the A’s hold Young out until Friday to give him an extra day of rest.

The manager is also hopeful Reddick avoids surgery.

“I wouldn’t say it’s out of the realm (of possibility), but it’s a last resort at this point,” Melvin said. “Hopefully, the strengthening gets better and better to where he can swing the bat. And we hope once he does, he’s fine.”

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