It has been a lost season for Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, and things went from bad to worse on Sunday afternoon. Reddick was forced to leave Oakland’s game with the Baltimore Orioles early on account of a right wrist injury sustained on a swing during a 6th-inning at-bat.
The right wrist has been a source of issues all season for Reddick, and he was forced to miss nearly a month of action earlier in the year with a wrist sprain. However, the 26-year-old Reddick likely can’t blame his year-long struggles on the wrist, but rather a slump following last season’s breakout.
In 2012, Reddick had an impressive season, posting a .463 slugging percentage and 32 home runs for the upstart A’s. However, lingering concerns about his on-base ability have plagued him this year (.299 OBP on the year), and the power has evaporated as he is slugging nearly 100 points lower at .365 with only 10 home runs in 372 plate appearances.
Fortunately for the A’s, they have been able to make up ground in other ways in route to their playoff-bound 72-57 record. With that said, they could desperately use last season’s power surge from Reddick, and if they have high hopes of going deep into the playoffs, his presence would be helpful. Stay tuned for more updates as they arrive.