DETROIT -- The A's are hoping they will see Josh Reddick in right field again before the end of the season, but it's too early to know how realistic that hope is.
Reddick is back in the Bay Area after having gone on the disabled list Monday with another in a series of problems with his right wrist. Under the rules, he's out for at least 15 days, but his stay away from the team conceivably could eat up all of September.
"I'm hoping to see him again (active and playing)," manager Bob Melvin said. "But we're not sure yet. I couldn't say right now."
At this point, there is no surgery planned for Reddick, and if there were, he'd almost certainly be done for the regular season. The plan is to have him rest, get healthy, then begin doing rehabilitation work to get his wrist stronger.
All that takes time, however, and there are only 32 games left on the Oakland schedule entering play Tuesday.
Before leaving to head to the West Coast, Reddick said he would not try to plan through the injury, having tried it earlier in the year and finding it limiting both for himself and for the team as a whole.
The A's will welcome Bartolo Colon back to the starting rotation Thursday, and he draws a tough assignment -- Max Scherzer, the Tigers' right-hander who will be going for his 20th win, having started the season 19-1.
Melvin said Colon was feeling strong again after getting over his groin injury, but the manager wasn't ready to commit himself to any kind of pitch count for the 40-year-old right-hander, who last started on Aug. 13, going four innings in a 5-4 loss to Houston.
"He was a little worn down," Melvin said of Colon's final few starts before an aching left groin forced him to the disabled list. "He wasn't at his best."
Melvin and the A's both have some experience with Scherzer. Melvin managed Arizona when Scherzer broke in with the Diamondbacks in 2008-09 and describes the right-hander as "pretty unique."
"I was catching him, and when he throws he extends to the point where the ball gets on you at a point where you're not expecting it," Melvin said. "If he's throwing 95 (mph) it looks like 97. And back then he was just a one-pitch guy. Now he has three pitches, all quality pitches."
Anderson, a left-hander who was the A's starting pitcher on opening day, is over his right foot issues (a sprain and a stress fracture) and is waiting for the A's to let him know what's next.
The A's had been thinking of a bullpen role for the lefty, but now they may be deciding whether or not to make room for Anderson in the rotation even though he's not yet thrown 65 pitches in a game in the last four months.
"There's no decision on Brett," Melvin said. "It could be here (in Detroit), but not yet. We're looking for just when the right time to activate him."
It was at that point Melvin admitted something might be ready to happen in the rotation. If either of two struggling starters, Tommy Milone or Dan Straily, have trouble in their starts Tuesday and Wednesday, then Anderson would be the logical replacement.
Jaso, out for a month now with lingering concussion problems has, the manager said, lessening problems with nausea and he's waking up feeling better. There is, however, no timetable for him to get back on the field.