DETROIT -- Josh Reddick's MRI results came out as good as the A's could have hoped. The right fielder doesn't have any more structural damage in his right knee, so his time on the disabled list should be relatively short.
"A lot depends on how he feels from day to day," manager Bob Melvin said. "We're still working on the timetable. There will probably be five or six days off the field, then get him back on."
Reddick originally injured the knee on June 1 and spent the next three weeks on the disabled list with what was described as a hyperextended right knee. He came back Tuesday against the Mets in New York and was feeling fine -- 5-for-11 with a triple and two RBIs in four games -- before he felt the pain return Saturday after making a throw to the infield against the Miami Marlins on Saturday. He took himself out of the game after one at-bat.
"It is a relief because after him having to pull himself out of the game (Saturday in Miami)," Melvin said. "This is better news.''
One of the top left-handed set-up relievers in the majors for four years before needing Tommy John surgery last year, O'Flaherty will throw in a game for Triple-A Sacramento Tuesday. The A's will have him come into an inning, presumably with men on base, because that's something he hasn't been doing as he's built up his arm strength.
Melvin said the only thing left for O'Flaherty after that would be back-to-back games, but the manager has said all along he didn't believe that was necessary for O'Flaherty.
Could he be activated on the next homestand?
"There's a chance for anything,'' Melvin said.
If he is activated then, that move would probably force the A's to send long man Jeff Francis to the minors, assuming they could get the left-hander through waivers. They could also move former closer Jim Johnson, now pitching in middle relief.
"Hopefully he will be able to play a game in this series,'' Melvin said. "Which one yet, I'm not sure.''
Norris got some good news on the All-Star voting front. He continues to be in second place among catchers and is making up ground on the Orioles' Matt Wieters, who is out for the year, needing Tommy John-style ligament replacement surgery.
Under MLB rules, if the starter voted in is injured, the league doesn't have to take the runner-up as a starter, or at all. Still, the possibility exists that Norris, who is first among AL catchers in on-base percentage (.400) and second in batting average (.299) and RBI (30) could be an All-Star.
"The two things that I dreamed about growing up were winning a World Series and playing in an All-Star Game," Norris said. "The fact that I possibly have a chance to do it in the same season is amazing.''
The A's manager wasn't on that team; he was on the Tigers' minor league team in Birmingham, Ala. But he knew them well. He made his major-league debut with the Tigers in 1985, the first of a 10-year career for Melvin.
"I came up behind a lot of those guys," Melvin said after spending some time in the interview room with the likes of Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell. "I was in spring training with them. So whether it's the (Kirk) Gibsons, the Whitakers, the Trammels, the (Jack) Morrises, the (Lance) Parrishes, I actually came up behind those guys and learned how to play the game of baseball from those guys.
"This was always a terrific organization. I'm certainly glad I came up in this organization as was able to learn the game watching these guys. And it's cool that I am here on this day when they are celebrating the 1984 team."