Reddick's tooth turmoil nearing an end

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Reddick's tooth turmoil nearing an end

OAKLAND -- A serious dental procedure would sideline most mere mortals. Most people would be forced to spend a day or two on the couch with an ice pack and under the influence of prescribed pain pills to ease the pain and swelling.That remedy is a luxury ill-afforded when you are a Major League Baseball player, a lesson Josh Reddick is being forced to learn the hard way. After being scratched on Wednesday, switched to DH last minute Thursday, and sent to the dentist office for yet another visit on Friday, the A's hope the tooth extraction from hell has run its course.
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"We were just there for a check up and ended up having to be re-cleaned and re-scraped, so that didn't feel too good," Reddick said after Friday's game. "Just got to wait for it to heal itself." Reddick didn't make it to the ballpark until the end of batting practice. He later entered the game as a pinch hitter and collected a single that loaded the bases. The fact he entered the game is a good sign."It took about an hour after I left the dentist office to start feeling pretty good," Reddick said. "I didn't feel anything for around three hours and then in the seventh inning it started to come up a little bit."Reddick says that his mouth felt much better than it has been feeling lately. He will check in with his dentist with a phone call in the morning and hopes to be good to return to right field on Saturday. PRATT: Indians grand slam sparks A's in 6-4 win
A's manager Bob Melvin said he wasn't apprehensive to use him in that eighth-inning-pinch-hitting situation. "I wasn't really asking how he's feeling at that time," Melvin said. "He was out there, he had his spikes on, and he wants to play."Melvin noted before the game that Reddick has played through some pain in the past this season. He says that Reddick is tough and wants to be in the lineup daily. If Reddick feels he can go then expect Melvin to oblige and place him back in the lineup. "I think there is a better chance he is out there tomorrow," Melvin said.

BART, transportation among issues A's tackling in ballpark search

BART, transportation among issues A's tackling in ballpark search

MESA, Ariz. — The research and fact-finding continues for the A’s as they work toward deciding where to build their new ballpark in Oakland.

Team president Dave Kaval, in Arizona to briefly soak up the spring training vibe, says the team is still gathering all the information it can on the four locations being considered — the current Coliseum site, Howard Terminal, Laney College and Brooklyn Basin, which like Howard Terminal is a waterfront site.

Place an asterisk next to “four,” because as Kaval explains, there’s multiple spots a ballpark could be built at some of the locations.

For example, “there’s a couple different ways in the Lake Merritt area to orient a ballpark,” he said Sunday. “Each one has to be studied individually, because there’s traffic and parking issues that change depending on where you put it. There’s a couple ways it can work in and around Lake Merritt. So we kind of are looking at it as two different options.”

The research will continue for the “next couple of months,” according to Kaval, meaning it doesn’t seem any decision is forthcoming soon. But he reiterated that an announcement will come during 2017.

Kaval was asked how important it was for a ballpark to be near a BART station.

“I think if you’re in a certain range of a BART station, it doesn’t matter if it’s one block or two blocks,” he said. “But if you start getting a little farther, it does change people’s willingness to actually take that public transportation to the venue.”

Howard Terminal, located just north of Jack London Square, is a 20-25 minute walk to the nearest current BART station (12th Street). There’s been speculation that a new station could be built closer to Howard Terminal if a stadium went up. Kaval also said the A’s would consider some sort of shuttle service were they to build at Howard Terminal, and they’re researching the ferry options for such a location.

Long story short, there’s still plenty of transportation and environmental issues to sort out before the A’s settle on a site to build. In the meantime, fans will be in for a treat in the upcoming season when they arrive at the Coliseum.

The A’s gutted the West Side Club and are rebuilding it as Shibe Park Tavern, named after the franchise’s former home in Philadelphia. It will include bricks and other materials from the old ballpark, obtained from the Philadelphia Historical Society.

The A’s will also launch “Champions Pavilion”, which will include anywhere from eight to 16 local food trucks that will be stationed between the Coliseum and Oracle Arena during most home games. Ticket holders will have in/out privileges, with video monitors outside showing the game.

Nights when there’s a Warriors home game could make it tougher to pull off the full operation — Warriors playoff games will be a particular challenge, Kaval said — but the A’s will work with the Coliseum’s Joint Powers Authority to smooth things out as much as possible.

According to Kaval, the A’s are spending between $600,000-$700,000 to improve the current in-house concession stands, making it possible to cook inside the stands themselves as opposed to transporting food from the kitchen.

The efforts received a thumbs-up from A’s manager Bob Melvin.

“We’re there until we’re not,” Melvin said of the Coliseum. “We’re gonna be there for a period of time, so I appreciate the fact that he’s trying to spruce it up a little bit for our fans, give them more options for food and just create a better atmosphere in our ballpark.”

A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

MESA, Ariz. -- A's left fielder Khris Davis confirmed that he won't play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Davis said he felt "terrible" about the decision, but that he wanted his undivided attention to be on preparing for his second season with Oakland.

"I kind of feel over-extended," he said shortly before the A's hit the field for their first full-squad workout of the season.

Coming off a season where he clubbed a career-best 42 home runs with 102 RBI, Davis said he wouldn't dwell on the incredibly slow start he had in 2016 or the monster numbers he proceeded to put up after that. But he's ready to help the A's try to rebound from back-to-back last place finishes.

"There's a lot of excitement, I can feel it."