Josh Reddick faces an uncertain future.
The right fielder is working his way back from a hyperextended right knee with no fixed date for his return to the Oakland Athletics. In his first rehab game for the Single-A Stockton Ports, Reddick had a busy night. The left-handed hitter went 4-for-4 with a walk, a home run, three runs and three RBI.
“I felt great,” said Reddick who went yard to right in his first trip to the plate.
“A home run in the first at-bat is always a good positive.”
An inning later, Reddick just missed out on his second home run in as many at-bats, as he tagged a double off the top of the wall in left-center field. It was one of two opposite field hits that he had on the night.
“Shooting the ball the other way for a double off the wall is always great.”
“You just see the ball and react that’s all it really is. You can’t really try to do anything before the pitch is thrown. So, you just see the ball and recognize, and that’s what I did tonight.”
Reddick didn’t have any problems with his knee in his return to action.
“I felt great. I had no issues, no soreness whatsoever.”
However, he didn’t have a lot of chances to push himself on the base paths or in the field.
“There’s obviously some bigger tests to be made, and that’s what I’m here for and hopefully we get every situation to where the knee gets tested out. But tonight it felt great.”
For now, just when he’ll return to the Oakland remains up in the air.
“My biggest goal is just to make sure it feels good. I go back with some confidence, swinging the bat, obviously. As long as the knee feels fine, then I’m ready to go back and that’s what we’re shooting for.”
“Date pending, but when it’s ready, it’s ready. When they want me back up there, I’ll be ready.”
Note: According to one scout, there’s a real possibility that Reddick could get optioned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats when his rehab assignment is over. He’s slated to travel with the Ports to High Desert for a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners Single-A club, which begins on Wednesday.
The same scout mentioned that at one point a NL East club was interested in acquiring Reddick, but decided not to pursue the deal because of his “inconsistencies” at the plate. The scout also suggested that the A’s could try and move Reddick and left-hander Drew Pomeranz in order to add a middle infielder.
Listen to the full interview with Reddick right here.