By Steve Corkran
OAKLAND – Josh Reddick remains hopeful that his sore right wrist will recover through proper rest and rehab. If not, surgery is a realistic option, the A’s right fielder said Monday.
Reddick was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday one day after pain-killing shots failed to alleviate the discomfort.
“I’m not going to say, ‘OK, I need surgery,’ but I’m also not going to rule that out,” Reddick said before Monday’s game against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. “Obviously, I don’t want that, but it’s something that’s definitely not out of the picture right now.”
Reddick underwent surgery on his left wrist after the 2011 season. That recovery took two months, he said. Unlike last time, Reddick said there isn’t a tear involved in his wrist this time around.
For now, Reddick is taking a wait-and-see approach, with the next step in the process his swinging the bat and seeing how his wrist responds. He expects that to take place in a week or so.
Manager Bob Melvin also is optimistic about Reddick returning sooner rather than later.
“The strengthening he’s doing now and not being able to pick up a bat, I don’t think you rule anything out at this point,” Melvin said, “but I would like to think that’s the last resort.”
The A’s are down three outfielders right now, with Coco Crisp and Chris Young also on the disabled list. Crisp and Young are eligible to return Wednesday.
Reddick is batting .152 in 29 games this season, with one home run and 14 RBI. Last season, he hit .242, with 32 home runs and 85 RBI.
– Crisp and Young on Monday took the next step in their rehab from injuries that sidelined them the past two weeks.
Young played seven innings in an extended spring training game, hitting a home run in five at-bats.
Melvin said it’s likely that Young will be sore on the heels of playing in a game for the first time since he suffered his injury April 29. Given the A’s have an off day Thursday, Young’s return might be pushed back until Friday.
Crisp, on the other hand, appears right on schedule. He ran the bases “well” Monday, according to Melvin, and also took batting practice and shagged fly balls.
“We probably miss Coco at the top of the order as much as anything,” Melvin said. “He’s our igniter. But, again, you don’t make any excuses. Other teams have injuries, too. You play through them.”
– The A’s and Rangers are playing for the first time since the A’s swept the Rangers in the final three games of the regular season to capture the AL West title in dramatic fashion.
More than seven months have passed since the A’s completed the sweep Oct. 3 and advance to the playoffs.
To a man, the Rangers and A’s say, there’s no lingering emotions from that series.
“Last year’s over,” Reddick said. “This is 2013 and that’s the way we got to look at it now and not reflect on what happened last year.”
Yet, Reddick admitted, the Rangers might not feel the same way.
“Maybe they have some kind of revenge going on out there, but we’re not going to let it affect us right now,” Reddick said.
Rangers manager Ron Washington insisted that he and his players are focused on this series and not harping on their late-season collapse.
“We’re not in here for any revenge,” Washington said. “We’re here to play baseball tonight and win a ballgame. They beat us, we understand that, but there’s nothing we can do about that.”
Washington said the fact his team is playing well the first quarter of this season is what “fueling” the Rangers.
Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson said he and others remember the series very well, but it’s nothing more than a happy memory.
“Last year was fun, especially how it happened,” Donaldson said. “It was kind of one of those storybook endings. It was nice, but that’s over.”
– Former A’s left fielder Rickey Henderson held court in the A’s locker room before the game, then donned a uniform and hit the field along with the current players.
– Starting pitcher Brett Anderson also has been on the DL the past two weeks. Melvin said he will make a determination Tuesday on how to use Anderson upon his return.
Anderson threw 80 pitches in a rehab start Sunday and “felt good,” Melvin said. Anderson suffered an ankle injury in the same game in which Crisp and Young got hurt.
– Outfielder Michael Taylor is batting .050 this season, with one hit in 20 at-bats. Melvin said he thinks Taylor just needs more time and at-bats before he busts out.
That’s what happened last year with first baseman Chris Carter, who now plays for the Houston Astros.
“He just hasn’t had the quality at-bats that he’d like to have,” Melvin said of Taylor. “We still feel the ability is there. It just hasn’t translated here at this point. … We still hold out hope his ability will take over and he will have success here.”