Josh Reddick’s return on Monday now up in the air

Right fielder Josh Reddick will get extra at-bats at Triple-A before returning to the A's from the disabled list.

Right fielder Josh Reddick will get extra at-bats at Triple-A before returning to the A’s from the disabled list.

The A’s may have to do without Josh Reddick in right field for a little longer.

Reddick, out for five weeks with a fractured left thumb, was supposed to fly home Sunday and be in the A’s lineup Monday in San Francisco against the Giants. But after going 0-for-5 to have his average fall to .063 with one hit in 17 at-bats over four games, he told the club he wanted at least one more game.

    So he was held over in Nashville for a night game against Omaha as he tries to get himself right. And The A’s are fine with that, because they’d like everybody coming back from a stint on the disabled list to be feeling good about their game when returning.

“I’m not sure,’’ manager Bob Melvin said when asked if Reddick would be good to go Monday. “He just doesn’t feel great at the plate. Physically he’s fine. This was a timetable we put together in a perfect world. But if he doesn’t feel good at the plate, it may be another day or two.’’

It would be a long day for Reddick to fly early Monday two-thirds of the way across country after a night game Sunday and get into the lineup, so the logistics would suggest Reddick wouldn’t return until at least Tuesday,

“We’re going to play it day-to-day. Like I said, today was not scheduled for him, but he wants to get at-bats.’’



–Sean Manaea was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday. The A’s believe he is on course to come off the disabled list with his left pronator stain having cleared up and start Wednesday. For the moment, however, the A’s continue to list Wednesday’s starter as TBA.

–Melvin has allowed only one player to take part in, much less start, each of the team’s first 75 games, shortstop Marcus Semien. The manager said he doesn’t even ask Semien anymore about his status. “I don’t check with him at all, because he gets upset if I check with him,’’ Melvin said. “He wants to play 162 games. There are very few guys like that now. He wants to play every inning of every game.’’ Semien doesn’t appear to be slowing, hitting .444 in his last five games entering Sunday and leading all American League shortstops with 13 homers.

–The A’s had gone nine games without facing a left-hander before the Angels threw Hector Santiago at them Sunday. The A’s will face at least one other lefty this week in the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner this week. “We like to mix them in periodically to keep everybody fresh,’’ Melvin said. “I think coming up some we have a few more.’’

–Daniel Mengden was a catcher and a pitcher when he went to Texas A&M, so don’t expect him to a be overly intimidated when he has to bat Monday with the A’s and Giants play under DH-less, pitchers-must-hit National League rules. “It’s been a while, but I know he hit at A&M,’’ Melvin said. “As far as guys you watch take BP, you wouldn’t necessarily say `That’s a pitcher hitting.’ He has some pop and drives the ball.’’


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.