BALTIMORE The A's lost a game, a series and a right fielder Sunday, and it's not clear which of those was the worst news for them.
A long-term loss of right fielder Josh Reddick to the disabled list might outweigh the immediate impact of the 10-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, who won two of three over the weekend.
Reddick left the game after reinjuring his right wrist while striking out to end the sixth inning.
"I'm not going to assume that the (disabled list) is the case," Reddick said. "I'd say it's maybe 50-50 at this point."
The A's aren't taking any chances. They pulled first baseman Daric Barton from the River Cats' game at Colorado Springs, and he's expected to be with the A's today in Detroit, whether or not Reddick goes on the disabled list.
If Reddick is out, Brandon Moss would take over in right field and Barton would platoon at first base with Nate Freiman.
Only five days ago, Reddick had an MRI and an X-ray of his wrist, which has been troublesome since the second week of the season, when he slid into a wall in Houston in pursuit of a fly ball.
Reddick, who reinjured the wrist on defense Wednesday, passed a medical exam, was able to swing without pain and, after sitting out Friday, started Saturday and Sunday.
He said his wrist injury flared up again while swinging at a 2-0 pitch against T.J. McFarland. He said he "wanted to finish my at-bat," but after striking out, he had to "submit to" the injury.
Reddick has struggled at the plate this year, batting .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs. But he plays great defense and has offensive potential if last year's team-leading 32 homers and 85 RBIs mean anything.
"I'm not going to be stupid about this," Reddick said about playing through another wrist injury. He tried that earlier in the year, and it didn't work.
Things didn't work Sunday for A's rookie right-hander Sonny Gray, either. He lasted only 3 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs.
Most of the hits off Gray weren't hard shots. But the Orioles scored twice in the first inning, three times in the second and once in the fourth to chase Gray. And Baltimore did well in situational hitting, delivering three sacrifice flies against Gray.
"They had some dinks and dunks," Gray said. "I thought I made some good pitches, and they put the ball in the right spot and they found some holes."
The A's didn't support Gray particularly well. They scored once in the first despite getting Orioles starter Scott Feldman to throw 29 pitches, then didn't score again until Josh Donaldson's two-run homer in the eighth.
Notes A's manager Bob Melvin gave Yoenis Cespedes a day off after he batted just .154 (4 for 26) with 10 strikeouts in his previous six games. Asked if a day off could help, Cespedes said through interpreter Ariel Prieto, "It can be. It depends on what happens. I'm still feeling good (at the plate)."
For the second straight day against right-handed starting pitching, right-handed hitter Kurt Suzuki was behind the plate for the A's while left-handed hitter Stephen Vogt got the day off. Melvin said that is not necessarily a sign of things to come. "This doesn't mean that we're going in a different direction," Melvin said, adding Vogt would be in the lineup today.