Reddick hoping to avoid surgery on ailing wrist

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.

Carl Steward