OAKLAND – Josh Reddick’s return date from a wrist injury remains unknown, but the right fielder is hopeful when he does return he’s at full strength so he can aid the A’s playoff push.
“You’ve seen it this year,” Reddick said Friday. “If I’m not 100 percent healthy, stuff doesn’t work out. I’m not the same player I used to be. It frustrates me to the extent where I’m still not focused and where I need to be.”
After he hit 32 home runs with 85 RBI and won a Gold Glove in 2012, Reddick’s second season with Oakland has been a disappointment offensively. He’s hitting just .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBI in 97 games.
Reddick has missed 33 games to date with a sprained right wrist that’s landed him on the disabled list twice. He remains hopeful of being able to return from his latest D.L. stint the first day he’s eligible, which is Tuesday. But considering the A’s are targeting Tuesday as a day for him to take his first full batting practice session, that may not be realistic.
It’s conceivable that Reddick could be activated that day and used as a role player if his wrist is still not 100 percent. Reddick mentioned the possibility of being a defensive replacement off the bench, but he added that his desire is to have his full skills at his disposal and be the complete player he’s shown he’s capable of.
Melvin has said he’d prefer to have Reddick healthy enough to plug back into the lineup rather than use him in spot situations.
The A’s are 8-3 since Reddick’s second D.L. stint began Aug. 26. Brandon Moss has been his primary fill-in at right field since that time and hit .345 with five homers and 13 RBI while holding his own defensively. Daric Barton has also contributed offensively at first while Moss has slid over to right.
Melvin was asked how much the team has missed Reddick’s production from a year ago.
“He’s a guy that hit third or fourth for a large part of the season and hit 32 home runs,” Melvin said. “Those numbers aren’t there right now, probably due to a number of reasons, (including) an injury a couple of times. Anytime a guy puts up those kind of numbers and then you don’t get it the next year, you certainly miss it. But we’ve had some other guys who have stepped up too.”