MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the Athletics are expected to activate Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Reddick suffered a strained right oblique early in spring training, playing in only one game in Cactus League action.
Reddick, 28, batted .264/.316/.446 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 396 plate appearances last season. He made two trips to the disabled list, both for right knee problems, missing a total of 38 games.
Infielder Tyler Ladendorf will likely be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Reddick on the roster. Reddick’s return likely means fewer at-bats for the red-hot rookie Mark Canha, who is batting .500 with a home run, two doubles, and six RBI to start the season.
On the road back from Tommy John elbow surgery, A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker is targeting a June 1 return to the rotation.
Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that Parker has advanced to throwing all of his pitches in abbreviated simulated games, with a three-inning outing scheduled for Monday in extended spring training.
Injured outfielder Josh Reddick, who faced Parker in a simulated game, said afterward that “he looked great” and “had a lot of movement on everything.”
Parker had the surgery in March, but because it was his second Tommy John surgery the A’s figure to be especially cautious with the 26-year-old’s return timetable. He started 61 total games for the A’s in 2012 and 2013, going 25-16 with a 3.73 ERA.
We learned the other day that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp would start the season on the DL. Now Susan Slusser of the Chronicle reports that he’ll miss way more time than 15 days:
The Chronicle has learned that Coco Crisp is expected to need surgery to remove a bone spur and chips in his right elbow, and he would miss six to eight weeks after the arthroscopic procedure.
Josh Reddick is going to start the season late too due to a strained oblique. You have to wonder, then, if Billy Beane won’t try to make a deal for an outfielder.
Certainly not the way the A’s wanted to break camp this year.
A’s left fielder Coco Crisp has been bothered by discomfort in the middle of his right arm for much of spring training, limiting him to seven Cactus League games. And the injury isn’t getting any better.
Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that Crisp felt renewed soreness in his elbow while taking swings in a minor league game Tuesday in A’s camp. Opening Day for the A’s is Monday, so the 35-year-old figures to open the regular season on the 15-day disabled list. That DL stint can be backdated to where Crisp is eligible for activation on April 11.
Oakland will also be without projected starting right fielder Josh Reddick in Monday’s opener. Reddick strained his right oblique in early March.
Oakland shifting Coco Crisp from center field to left field was supposed to help keep him healthier at age 35, but he’s already injured.
Crisp was scratched from Tuesday’s game with right elbow soreness and received a cortisone injection, which always sidelines a player for at least a few days.
Crisp has logged just 15 at-bats this spring and Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com notes that there’s a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day. Right fielder Josh Reddick is likely to begin the season on the disabled list with an oblique injury, so the A’s outfield could be patchwork early on.