OAKLAND — Josh Reddick is getting back into baseball activity following a fractured left thumb that’s sidelined him since May 19.
The A’s right fielder is taking swings off a tee and could begin regular batting practice by the end of this week, manager Bob Melvin said. His biggest hurdle right now is being able to catch the ball, being that the fracture is on his glove (non-throwing) hand.
Reddick’s timetable to begin a minor league rehab assignment is unknown, but he has found a way to pass the time and avoid “cabin fever,” as he puts it:
He’s become a semi-fanatic for disc golf, a sport where players throw a frisbee-like object and try to land it in a basket hundreds of feet away, navigating a layout similar to a golf course. Reddick has a buddy who turned him on to it last year, but he’s been playing it more in the three-plus weeks since he landed on the DL. Since he throws the disc with his right hand, he doesn’t aggravate the injury on his left.
“I come in here (to get treatment) about 10, get out of here by noon, go back and have lunch, and go play nine or 18 and kill about 2 1/2 hours,” Reddick said.
Sometimes he plays a course in Moraga, sometimes Walnut Creek. He says he’s improved greatly at disc golf since he began playing it, but gives a pretty honest self-evaluation.
“I’m not bad. I’m probably above amateur level,” he said. “Obviously not a stud player, but par player.”
He thought he notched a “hole-in-one” recently when he fired off a shot on a hole that had a tree standing right in the middle of his path, about 30 feet from the tee box. Reddick was disappointed to find out he was off by just a few feet.
What’s the secret to disc golf?
“Throwing technique,” he said. “If you can’t throw it the way it’s supposed to go, then you’re kinda screwed.”
Utility man Arismendy Alcantara, the player the A’s received from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Chris Coghlan last week, homered for Triple-A Nashville in Monday’s 4-3 loss to Memphis. Alcantara has started one game in center field and one game at shortstop for the Sounds, but the 24-year-old switch hitter also has played second base, third base and the corner outfield spots in his professional career.
Alcantara was leading the Pacific Coast League with 21 stolen bases at the time of the trade.
“He’s a very athletic kid,” Melvin said. “I was actually very surprised we got him. He’s a guy who plays multiple positions, which fits in very well here. I’d actually be surprised if at some point in time we didn’t see him here during the course of the season.”