Reddick experiences no issues in Minor League game

Outfielder goes hitless in four plate appearances in return from right oblique strain

Reddick experiences no issues in Minor League game

MESA, Ariz. -- A's outfielder Josh Reddick, back in game action Saturday for the first time since suffering a right oblique strain, went hitless in four plate appearances on the Minor League side, but experienced no issues.

"No hits, but that wasn't the important thing," said Reddick. "I went out there and felt like I got all the bases covered -- swing and miss, check swings, hit the ball hard a couple times, walked, stole a base."

Reddick emphasized that he found himself in several favorable counts, "and I swung hard like I was trying to hit it far and had no issues," he said.

Oakland's right fielder will start the regular season on the disabled list as he continues to play catch-up, despite campaigning for an Opening Day appearance.

"I've tried," he said, "and I think it's pretty much set in stone where I'm staying back in Minor League camp and getting my work in there."

Reddick will engage in a full workout with the A's on Monday in advance of a Minor League game Tuesday before beginning the regular season with Class A Advanced Stockton. He expects to be activated from the disabled list when eligible, April 11.

"The Felix game," said a smiling Reddick, referring to Felix Hernandez's scheduled start against the A's that day. "Nothing new."

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