Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick was scratched from yesterday’s lineup with a right oblique strain and the injury could keep him sidelined for the start of the season.
Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that Reddick will be shut down from baseball activities for the next two weeks. That doesn’t give him much time to get ready for the season and Athletics manager Bob Melvin acknowledged this morning that he might not be ready for Opening Day.
Interestingly, Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com that Ike Davis could get some playing time in right field with Reddick sidelined. Davis was acquired from the Pirates in November and currently projects to be Oakland’s primary first baseman against right-handers. The 27-year-old made two appearances in right field in Double-A back in 2009, but otherwise he has exclusively played first base in pro ball.
Reddick, 28, batted .264/.316/.446 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI across 109 games last season.