-- A’s right fielder Josh Reddick was reportedly optimistic on Friday that his strained oblique muscle might only sideline him for a few days. It turns out that was overly optimistic.
Manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Reddick will be shut down for at least two weeks with the right oblique strain he suffered during defensive drills Friday, putting Reddick’s availability for opening day in question.
"We know for sure he’s not going to do anything for two weeks, and then it’s a progression to get him ready, to start from zero again," Melvin said. "So I would think maybe opening day would be a stretch. But he has been a quick healer."
It’s a frustrating setback for Reddick, who originally said the strain was less painful than a similar injury he incurred in 2009. Reddick was off to a hot start in Cactus League play, going 3-for-3 in his first game, and Melvin said for a hitter to appear so locked in so early in spring is "a rarity."
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"So it’s disappointing," Melvin said. "But it is better to happen now than later on."
The A’s have a wide variety of options to replace Reddick early in spring. Melvin said Billy Burns, Alex Hassan and non-roster invitee Jason Pridie could all see more time in the outfield. The A’s could also give Ike Davis, expected to platoon at first base, some innings in right field.