By John Hickey
Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 10:24 pm in 2013 spring training.
Oakland got some good news during the A’s 4-all tie with the White Sox Friday night.
Josh Reddick came out of the game after suffering a sprained left ankle in the second inning. However, Reddick left Phoenix Municipal Stadium under his own power saying he thought he’d be fine.
And manager Bob Melvin echoed that.
“He just rolled his ankle a bit,’’ Melvin said. “I’m hoping he’ll be able to play Sunday. He was scheduled to be off Saturday anyway.’’
It makes little difference in spring training with the endless series of minor leaguers teams can call on, but had this been the regular season, the A’s would have been able to cover the injury nicely with what Melvin is calling his “five for four.’’
He has five players he considers regular outfielders – Reddick, Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Young and Seth Smith – and one of the two who isn’t in the outfield is likely to be the DH.
That means when one has to come out of a game because of an injury, Melvin doesn’t have to fret about second-line talent.
The success of the 2012 season built the 2013 A’s team into a team with plenty of depth in the rotation, in the bullpen, in the infield and in the outfield.
The only place where depth is questionable is behind the plate, and even there Luke Montz hit 29 homers in the minors last year and could be ready to help in the big leagues should either John Jaso or Derek Norris be sidelined.