Injury news upbeat for A’s in Anaheim opener

It’s mostly good news for the A’s on the injury front as they prepare to take on the Angels tonight in The Big A.

Josh Reddick’s injured right wrist is black and blue and swollen, but he says he’s been able to get range of motion back gradually in the last 48 hours.

    It’s not that he’s ready to play yet, but Reddick is going to try and swing a bat Wednesday, and manager Bob Melvin, who has seen Reddick recover quickly in the past from injuries, won’t rule Reddick out for more than Tuesday’s game.

Left-handed starter Brett Anderson’s left thumb, hit by a ball hit back up the middle against him on Sunday in Houston, has stopped bleeding. That, coupled with the fact that the entire rotation gets an extra day to rest between starts because of Monday’s off-day, means that Anderson is not likely to miss a turn in the rotation.

And infielders Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) and Adam Rosales (ribs) both are coming along in their rehab work. Nakajima is doing short sprints and taking some swings and is far enough along that the A’s could try and give him a full workout when the club returns home Friday.

If he passes that, he could head out on an injury rehabilitation assignment sometime this weekend, although nothing has been decided on that yet.

Rosales, too, has started to take some swings, but he may be a little further removed from a rehab assignment. Even so, manager Bob Melvin seems encouraged that Rosales won’t miss too much time.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.