MINNEAPOLIS -- Slumping right fielder Josh Reddick was on the bench at the start of the A's series finale against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

Reddick got the start off Thursday with Brandon Moss moving out to right field with Reddick hitting .103 and having grounded into a double play in the first inning Wednesday, then struck out the next four trips to the plate.

A's manager Bob Melvin said the right fielder was just getting a day off and likely would be back in the lineup Friday when the A's start a series in Seattle against the Mariners with first place in the early-season American League West standings on the line.

The manager said that he didn't see anything physically that was keeping Reddick down and suggested it was a mental thing after a decent spring training (.333 with a team-best 15 RBIs in the Cactus League).

``After a great spring, he's pretty disappointed in the way he's going right now,'' Melvin said. ``For me, more than anything, he's got to get out of his own way. He's got some negative thoughts. (He needs to) try to get back to thinking positively.

``I don't see anything physical, certainly not health. And his swings look good. I don't know how he's missing some of them. It's not like he's lunging. It's not like he's having to catch up with his hands. He looks pretty balanced at the plate.''


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Reddick says he's ``very frustrated,'' and that ``it's a struggle right now.''

Melvin said that the day off is just that.

``I expect him to be in there tomorrow,'' the manager said.

  • Coco Crisp is getting closer to getting back in the lineup, but Melvin wouldn't say definitively that Crisp would be in the starting lineup Friday in Seattle when the A's face Felix Hernandez for the second time in a week.

    It could be a game-time decision as to whether Crisp is ready to go Friday after four days off following an injection of cortisone in his left wrist.

    But when he needed a similar cortisone shot last season, four days off did the trick.

  • Craig Gentry joined the A's Thursday morning, but wasn't activated. He will fly with the team after the game and could be activated Friday.

    Melvin left open the possibility that Gentry might not be activated until Saturday, and added it had nothing to do with Crisp's availability or lack of same.

    Gentry missed most of the spring with back problems. In the last week he has gotten some injury rehabilitation assignment games with Stockton and Sacramento and has been able to play without pain.

  • It's been a painful time for the A's in the minor leagues this week.

    Wednesday came the news that top prospect Addison Russell suffered a Grade 3 right hamstring tear and will be out at least a month.

    Then Melvin said Thursday morning that catcher Stephen Vogt, who was very close to making the opening day roster, suffered an oblique strain while playing for Triple-A Sacramento Wednesday.

    Historically baseball players have needed at least a month to get over oblique injuries.

    The 20-year-old Russell apparently has a complete or near-complete tear. which generally needs in excess of a month to heal. The A's first-round pick (11th overall) in 2012 is regarded as one of the dozen or so best players in the minor leagues