By John Hickey
Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 6:58 pm in 2013 regular season.
Right fielder Josh Reddick has pronounced himself ready to go.
Waiting for A’s manager Bob Melvin to do the same is likely to take another 24 hours.
Reddick tested his injured right hand with a full round of batting practice with the rest of the non-starters before Thursday’s game. In the first round he shouted “Lineup change!’’ indicating his readiness to play after missing the first two games of the series with the Angels, but Melvin wasn’t ready to go that route.
“I felt great,’’ Reddick said. “You could tell by the fans putting in their ear plugs. There’s some soreness, but that’s only natural.’’
Reddick took about 20 swings, finding the right field seats a few times and hitting a few more off the wall. More significantly, he didn’t wince or pull off the ball at all, which might happen if he was in abnormal pain.
`I know he’s feeling good,’’ Melvin said. “But I’m always going to err on the side of caution (as far as starting Reddick).’’
Asked if he might use Reddick as a pinch-hitter, Melvin seem ed dubious, but left it at, “let’s see how the game plays out.’’