In an interview with Ray Fosse on radio station 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick expressed displeasure with the way he was being used. Specifically, he was unhappy that he was often held out of the lineup against a left-handed starting pitcher, as CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich details.
Reddick said, “I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between me starting against one guy and not starting against another guy. … There’s probably so many numbers they could dig into their computers with and try to find one just to keep me out of the lineup.” He added, “It still frustrates me beyond belief when I don’t play.”
Reddick went out of his way to make clear that he wasn’t criticizing manager Bob Melvin, saying, “I know Bob’s in there fighting for me.” Nevertheless, Reddick and Melvin spoke about the radio interview and Reddick apologized to Melvin, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Melvin accepted blame for the miscommunication.
The 28-year-old is batting .287/.348/.469 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in 302 plate appearances this season. However, in 72 PA against lefties, he’s hitting a meager .152/.222/.227 with one home run and nine RBI.