By John Hickey
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 1:10 pm in 2013 regular season.
The A’s are finishing up their first week of play in the American League West, and everything was going good until the fifth inning Sunday.
Oakland had won four of its first six games and held an 8-0 lead on Houston when right fielder Josh Reddick went diving for a foul ball off the bat of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.
Reddick slid on the clay warning track until he smashed into the low right field wall. It was obvious from the first that he was hurt.
The right fielder ultimately got to his feet and walked off the field, but he was holding his right arm. It was not immediately known the type or severity of the injury, but the A’s are having to think about spending time without the services of Reddick, who is not just a gold Glove winner but who was the team’s home run and RBI leader a year ago.
If Reddick is facing time on the disabled list, it’s likely we’ll be seeing a return of Shane Peterson, who was with the club on Friday when it appeared first baseman Brandon Moss might go on paternity leave.
Peterson spent most of the spring, and most of last year in the outfield, but first base is his original position, and he’s been working out there, just in case the A’s need him at a time like this.