OAKLAND -- Right fielder Josh Reddick went 3-for-5 with a home run Friday night for High-A Stockton and is now 7-for-13 with two homers and seven RBIs in three games on his current rehab assignment.
It’s an encouraging sign for Reddick, who is rehabbing from a hyper-extended knee, that his timing appears to still be there. More important to the A’s and manager Bob Melvin, though, is that Reddick has said he’s not feeling discomfort in the knee, Melvin said.
"It’s not something he’s working through," Melvin said. "He basically feels 100 percent."
Reddick is scheduled to play today and Sunday, and then be re-evaluated by the A’s. The fact he’s playing three days in a row is another indication that the knee is in a good place -- though Melvin said the A’s don’t want to rush him back.
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"He knows that we want him feeling good," Melvin said. "That was the case last time and he took that pretty seriously, and I’m sure he’s doing it again this time."
Coco Crisp, who’s still dealing with lingering neck pain, is in the designated hitter spot for the A’s tonight, with Craig Gentry starting in center against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Here’s the full A’s lineup against Chen:
And the Orioles’ lineup against A’s right-hander Jason Hammel:
* The A’s are honoring their 1989 World Series championship team before today’s game with a ceremony on the field starting around 5:30 p.m. Melvin was asked yesterday about his recollections of that team -- many of them his contemporaries from his playing days -- and responded with a smile: "Yeah, I didn’t like any of them."
"I played against all those guys and they were a chore," Melvin said. "I remember with Baltimore, we’d be doing the scouting report and go up and down the lineup on how to pitch to these guys, and you’d basically just throw your hands up and hope they were cold when they came into town.
"There was no break, no one you could pitch around to get to another guy. It was a phenomenal team and their record would indicate that."
Former players and coaches expected to be on hand for the ceremony include Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Dennis Eckersley, 1989 World Series MVP Dave Stewart, manager Tony La Russa, Jose Canseco, Dave Henderson, Carney Lansford, Dave Parker and current A’s coaches Mike Gallego and Curt Young.
* Melvin today was asked about three Orioles players getting hit by pitches in the series opener Friday night. Given the recent history between these two teams, it might have raised some eyebrows. But Melvin said there was no intent behind the pitches.
"Anytime some of your guys get hit, you’re not happy about it," Melvin said. "But there was no intent on our part. It was just one of those things that happened."
* The A’s like talking about how they never feel as though they’re out of a game. Here’s the statistical evidence: Their 5-4 win Friday night on Josh Donaldson’s walk-off homer was their seventh walk-off win of the year, tied for third-most in the majors, but was also their 10th win when trailing after seven innings and fifth when losing after eight. Both of those totals are the most in the majors, and the 10 wins when trailing after seven ranks as the second-most in Oakland history already -- the 1969 team had 12.
* Hammel is looking for his first win in an A’s uniform in his second start. He’ll oppose a few familiar faces -- Hammel pitched for the Orioles in 2012 and 2013. Historically he has struggled against Baltimore, with a career line of 0-4 and a 6.68 ERA in eight games, but hasn’t pitched against the Orioles since 2008.