OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick had just finished talking to the media about his injured right wrist when he said to no one in particular, "I should never have slid into that wall."

He was referring to the low wall in foul territory in Minute Maid Park in Houston that he slammed into in pursuit of a foul ball during the first road trip of the A's season.

It's tough to imagine Reddick not going all-out on defense, however, and there's little doubt if the same situation cropped up, he'd go after the ball just the same. The good news is that the Astros have added padding to that portion of the wall to keep others from suffering a similar fate.

"I'm always going to go after that one," Reddick said. "It's the way I play."

Still, this has been a terribly frustrating season for the Oakland right fielder, who has gone from being the team's home run and RBI leader last year to being on-and-off the disabled list, and when active, in-and-out of the lineup.

Reddick is on the DL now in an attempt to see if rest can ease the pain in his wrist. He is hopeful that by the time his DL stint is up on Tuesday, he'll be healthy enough to be activated. But manager Bob Melvin said Friday that it's likely Tuesday will be the first heavy session of batting practice for Reddick.

The outfielder took some swings Friday.

"I didn't feel any pain," he reported. "I'm optimistic. It's not as bad as it was the last time. Maybe I can play some defense or get in on some pinch-hit situations."


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Melvin would rather have Reddick ready to play nine full innings, however, so the outfielder is likely to not be active as quickly as he would prefer.

  • Derek Norris, activated from the disabled list on Thursday after time off to deal with a fractured left big toe, was in the starting lineup Friday with the Astros throwing left-hander Dallas Keuchel.

    But with Houston throwing another lefty, Brett Oberholzer, Saturday afternoon, there's a good chance Kurt Suzuki will get the call.

    Melvin said he's going to have three good catching options, with left-handed hitting Stephen Vogt getting the call against most right-handers and Suzuki and Norris sharing time against lefties.

    The manager said his job will be to get the right catcher in the game on the right day.

  • Brandon Moss mostly took a seat on the bench when left-handed pitchers faced the A's the first five months of the season, but now Moss is the team's hottest hitter and Reddick is not available, so Moss is playing right field against left-handed pitching some.

    During spring training, Melvin thought of Moss as someone who could play against left-handed and right-handed pitching. But the A's added right-handed hitting Nate Freiman late in the spring, setting the stage for the platoon at first base.

    "I see (Moss) as an everyday player," Melvin said. "But the way our team is set up, it hasn't worked out that way. But he's having a terrific season."

    Moss came into the weekend with a team-best 26 homers. His 71 RBIs are second on the team behind Josh Donaldson's 80, but Moss' RBI totals have come in over 100 fewer at-bats.