CLEVELAND -- The A's went down meekly to the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Tuesday night despite a masterful job by Tommy Milone, who became just the second pitcher in Oakland history to pitch seven innings or more, allow no earned runs and no walks and lose.
More than that, the A's have lost right fielder Josh Reddick for at least a few days and possibly a good deal longer. And they're asking, "What now?"
This is a team that leads the American League in runs scored but also is tied for the lead in being shut out the most (four times). Given that kind of Jekyll and Hyde performance, Oakland needs to make some changes.
The A's built the roster in the offseason to give themselves plenty of outfield depth. But with Reddick joining Coco Crisp and Chris Young on the unable-to-perform list, three-fifths of that outfield depth is sidelined.
Oakland could be looking at bringing up Shane Peterson. The outfielder has been up once already and is hitting .304 at Triple-A Sacramento.
Daric Barton could be another possibility. He was taken out by the River Cats in mid-game in Memphis Tuesday, but he's not on the 40-man roster, meaning a move with him would be more difficult to make.
Barton, if recalled, could play first base, which would allow Brandon Moss to move back to the outfield, which is where he played until moving to first base last year.
Prospect Michael Choice has good numbers at Sacramento with a .298 average and six homers, but the A's don't want to bring him up until they know their 2010 first-round draft pick is ready to stay.
The plan for Reddick on Tuesday was to take some swings in between shots of xylocaine (for numbness) and cortisone (to reduce inflammation) to his right wrist. It did not go as planned.
"I wouldn't call them swings," he said. "It was maybe 50 percent motion, three swings at most."
Reddick said he's been trying to play through the pain, but in the last few days it got to be too much. He had a similar injury on his left wrist in 2011 in Boston, and trying to play through the pain resulted in postseason surgery.
"I don't want to go through that again," he said. "Maybe it will settle down in a day or two. Maybe it means the disabled list. If it's five or six days, I don't want to be rotting on the bench taking up a lineup spot."
The A's have been shut out before, but this one hurt more than the others because Milone gave the Indians nothing. He began the season with a 3-0 record and a 3.86 ERA. Since then he's 0-4 with a 2.60 ERA.
"Tommy was great, he pounded the zone all night," said second baseman Eric Sogard, who made one of the two crucial errors that led to the game's only run in the fifth. "It hurts that he pitched that well, and we weren't able to help him."
Carlos Santana's grounder to first went off first baseman Moss' glove for one error. Sogard tried to grab the ball and throw with one hand, didn't get a good grip, and his error got Santana to second base. That set up Yan Gomes' sacrifice fly.
The A's had one last shot when Yoenis Cespedes singled with one out in the ninth against Indians closer Chris Perez, but for the second time in six games this month he was caught stealing in the ninth inning of a one-run game.
"I wanted him to go," manager Bob Melvin said. "(Perez) was slow to the plate. (Cespedes) got a better jump the first time than the second time, but Moss fouled off the first."
At least Cespedes made an effort for second base. None of his teammates made it that far against Zach McAllister, who allowed five singles and one walk in 72/3 innings.