MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Reddick walked back into the visitors' clubhouse at Target Field after a long stretch in the batting cage Tuesday carrying a bat and wearing a smile.

Reddick was literally feeling no pain. His often-ailing right wrist made it through several days' worth of batting practice, enough that the A's activated him from the disabled list although manager Bob Melvin didn't go so far as to put him in the starting lineup.

``I'm hoping for tomorrow,'' Reddick said. He later took a full session of regular batting practice as one last test.

Asked about his right wrist, which has bedeviled him since April when he smashed into a wall in Houston's Minute Maid Park in pursuit of a foul ball, Reddick said ``it's been no issue since the injection'' of cortisone last week.

The right fielder is confident in his health, but he said he wouldn't put the A's needs ahead of his own.

``I want to be able to play back to the way I was,'' he said. ``If I'm not 100 percent, I won't (play). Right now I'm pretty close, at least as close as I'm going to get until I can get more rest in the off-season.''

  • The A's haven't made it official, but catcher John Jaso is not likely to return this season as a catcher and probably not as a hitter, either.

    Melvin said it was ``very tough to see him (coming) back'' this season.

    ``For sure on the catching end,'' Melvin said. ``And it's probably a stretch (to see him) on offense, either.''

    Jaso, out with a concussion since the last week of July, said he ``can do everyday normal things,'' but baseball specific duties have made it clear that he's not completely over his concussion.

    ``It's disappointing, because he's a key guy,'' Melvin said. ``He hit up in the order, got on base a lot. It seemed like he was right in the middle of everything.''

    Jaso was hitting .271 with an on-base percentage of .387 that is the best on the A's roster.''

  • The A's are getting closer all the time to leaving Brett Anderson where he's been for the last month or so, pitching out of the bullpen.

    As always, Melvin said Tuesday the club is ``keeping our options open'' regarding the left-hander, but there are no plans at this point to move Anderson into the rotation or to push anyone else out.

  • Brandon Moss came to Target Field Tuesday feeling pretty good, which was much better than he'd expected.

    Moss had his lower right molar extracted Monday morning before the A's flew from Oakland to Minneapolis and he said ``the doctor really knew what he was doing.''

    ``I thought I come to the park with my jaw all puffed up,'' Moss said. ``But there's been none of that. I don't feel it much.''

  • Right-handed reliever Dan Otero rejoined the team just before Tuesday's game, flying in from Arizona, where he'd gone when it was expected that doctors would induce birth with his pregnant wife, Tiffany.

    That didn't happen, however, and isn't likely to for a couple of days more. That being the case, Otero rejoined the club with the understanding that he may have to leave again sometime in the next 48 hours.