OAKLAND – Josh Reddick is listed as doubtful for Monday’s game, but neither he nor A’s manager Bob Melvin sounded overly concerned about the outfielder’s back injury.
Reddick left Sunday’s game against Cleveland with tightness in his lower back stemming from a running catch he made in the top of the fifth. But after icing it and receiving treatment, Reddick said after the game his back was feeling better.
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Reddick said he thinks he tweaked his back after the catch while trying to avoid the ballboy stationed near the Indians’ bullpen.
“It’s a lot better than when it initially happened,” Reddick said. “My back locked up and started spasming out. After the play I went back and watched it. From what I gathered, it looked like it happened from me avoiding the ballboy, who didn’t move one bit. … Nothing serious. Hopefully it’s something that’s just day to day. I’m sure with Bob (being cautious), I probably won’t start tomorrow. I’ll get some more treatment done so I’ll be ready to go Tuesday.”
“Maybe doubtful tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s enough to where we have to worry about long term,” Melvin said.
Given how he’s heated up at the plate recently, Reddick would want to avoid any setback that keeps him out of the lineup more than a day or two. Despite going hitless in his two at-bats Sunday, he’s hitting .302 (13-for-43) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI over his past 13 games and is batting .283 overall.
Mark Canha replaced Reddick in the fifth and wound up delivering the game-winning hit in the 10th for the A’s.