Billy Burns (left) and Josh Reddick collide in pursuit of a Melvin Upton Jr. fly ball in right-center Thursday. Upton got a triple, and both A’s outfielder remained in the game.
Most pictures may be worth a thousand words, but a shot of the collision of Josh Reddick and Billy Burns at the right field wall could be boiled down to just six: “Man, that has got to hurt.’’
And it did, although not nearly as much as the A’s first feared. Assistant trainer Walt Horn ran out with manager Bob Melvin to check Reddick out, but left him in once he’d shaken off the worst of it.
Reddick was hit in the head by Burns’ left elbow and in the groin by Burn’s knee. Burns said he had the wind knocked out of him after the collision, which came while both men were in pursuit of a ball hit to the wall by Melvin (formerly B.J.) Upton Jr.
“It wasn’t as bad as everybody anticipated,’’ Reddick said. “It was just a knee to the wrong section of the body. No doubt that I was going to stay in. I just needed some time.’’
Just a quick update on A’s closer Andrew Bailey following the A’s 2-0 win over the Angels. Bailey was visited by manager Bob Geren and assistant trainer Walt Horn after tweaking his left knee while fielding Torii Hunter’s bunt in the ninth inning. The knee has bothered Bailey for much of the season, but he stayed in the game and wasn’t overly concerned about it afterward.
“As soon as I went down (to the field the bunt) it gave out a little,” Bailey said. “It’s just something I’ve got to battle through.”
A win over Ervin Santana isn’t always something you expect from the A’s. They’ll try to make it two in a row tomorrow night as Brett Tomko faces Trevor Bell …