Reddick exits vs. Indians with back tightness

Reddick exits vs. Indians with back tightness

OAKLAND -- A's right fielder Josh Reddick departed Sunday's 2-1 victory against the Indians in the middle of the fifth inning with lower back tightness and is considered day to day.

Manager Bob Melvin said Reddick is "maybe doubtful" for Monday's opener against the Orioles, "but I don't think enough to where we have to worry about him long-term."

Reddick suffered the injury while making a catch in the visitor's bullpen in the top of the fifth inning. He was replaced at the plate by Mark Canha -- who later delivered the walk-off hit -- in the bottom half of the frame.

Canha's walk-off double

"My back locked up and started spasming out," Reddick said. "After the play I went back and watched it. From what I gathered, it looked like it happened from me avoiding the ball boy, who didn't move one bit. Gotta have a talk with him because it kinda made me move a little awkwardly.

"Nothing serious. Hopefully something that's just day to day. I probably won't start tomorrow, get some more treatment done so I can be ready to go Tuesday."

Reddick was 0-for-2 before exiting and finished the series 1-for-14 after collecting eight hits in his previous 18 at-bats.

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