MESA, Ariz. -- A’s right fielder Josh Reddick was scratched from Friday’s lineup with a strained right oblique suffered during morning defensive drills.
Reddick was doing a drill to practice robbing balls over the fence.
“I went to grab the chain-link to pull myself up, and when I pulled up I felt a pop,” he said.
An MRI is a possibility, and his estimate was that he might be out 3-4 days and then get re-evaluated. Reddick is somewhat optimistic because in 2009 he had a Grade 2 strain of his left oblique that cost him two months, where it hurt to sneeze, cough, even breathe. He says this injury doesn’t feel like that.
Considering it’s still early in spring training, expect the A’s to proceed with caution.
“April 6 is more important than March 20,” Reddick said.
Craig Gentry filled in at right field Friday against Arizona, and it figures that first baseman Mark Canha will factor more prominently in the outfield rotation until Reddick returns.
It’s a bitter pill for a player who hasn’t appeared in more than 114 games in either of the past two seasons because of injuries. Reddick went 3-for-3 in his exhibition debut Wednesday against the Giants.
“You wake up with a sore back all the time. You get in the hot tub every morning and loosen it up,” Reddick said. “I jinxed myself this morning. We were doing a lot of movement with back and oblique stretching and it felt fantastic. I made the comment that if I hurt my oblique this year I’m really gonna be pissed.
“I guess the karma bug bit me right in the a--.”
Not how I planned to start my day. Doing something so small and this happens. Better now than april I suppose. Here's to fast healing.— J-Red (@RealJoshReddick) March 6, 2015