MESA, Ariz. -- A's right fielder Josh Reddick was scratched from a scheduled start against the D-backs on Friday because of a right oblique strain he sustained during morning defensive drills. Reddick believes it's a minor strain, and he said he is "optimistic" he'll only be out four or five days.
The 28-year-old outfielder missed two months of the 2009 season because of a Grade 2 strain in his left oblique, and that injury "felt like I got stabbed with a knife," Reddick said. "I went down to the ground and everything hurt -- coughing, sneezing, breathing. This doesn't feel like that one."
Reddick was in the outfield partaking in drills against the wall early Friday morning, and he said he felt "a pop" in his right side when he attempted to pull himself up the chain-link fence. He hopes to undergo an MRI soon to ensure it's not a serious injury. For now, Reddick's plan is to rest several days before attempting any baseball activity again.
Reddick, who hit 32 home runs in 2012 and remains one of few players on the A's roster with true power potential, had appeared in just one Cactus League game to this point, but he was highly encouraged by his three-hit day. Still, the timing could be worse.
"If it's going to happen, I guess I'd rather it happen now than April or May so we can manage it and get it taken care of," Reddick said. "I'm [upset], to be honest, but what can you do?
"April 6 is more important than March 20. I just have to worry about being ready for Opening Night, not now. Right now, it's all about making sure it's ready to go."
Billy Burns replaced Reddick in right field at Salt River Fields on Friday, and should Reddick be out longer than anticipated, Rule 5 Draft selection Mark Canha could see more time at the position.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.