Since he returned to the lineup this week from the disabled list, Josh Reddick has improved two areas for the Oakland Athletics that were already impressive: their ability to hit up and down the roster, and their beard game.
You know what they say about the beards in Major League Baseball; like overall run differential, you have the A’s and then you have everybody else. Granted, Reddick’s contributions to the team’s collective beard success have been fleeting and even inconsistent this season, but he is still a key clubhouse leader in those efforts.
It is unfortunate news, then, that the A’s will lose Reddick to the disabled list again with another knee injury. Furthermore, the initial indications are that this injury might be worse than the first one. From ESPN.com:
“Until we get the MRI we’re not sure, but regardless it was the feeling of the training staff that he wouldn’t be available,” manager Bob Melvin said before Sunday’s game at the Marlins. “He’s still sore and stiff. I think it scared him pretty good last night, but he felt better than he thought he would feel this morning.”
This surely has to be frustrating for Reddick, as he has to start over with the same rehab process that he had just recently completed to return to the big league club.
Through 54 games this season Reddick is batting .229/.296/.358 with four home runs and 24 RBI. He had been red-hot since his return, however, and still stands to play a big role for the A’s this season when he does get healthy.