Dental procedure slows Reddick

Dental procedure slows Reddick

Dental procedure slows Reddick
OAKLAND -- Right fielder Josh Reddick, who leads the A's with 25 home runs, was out of the starting lineup for Friday night's game against Cleveland because of complications stemming from a tooth extraction on Monday.

Reddick had another dental procedure on Friday, A's manager Bob Melvin said before the series opener against the Cleveland Indians.

"This is becoming quite the issue," Melvin said. "Really yesterday we had him in the lineup to start and put him into the DH role because it was bothering him.

"Went back to the dentist today and had another procedure in there. Dry socket or whatever they're calling it. It's been a little bit of a problem, but hopefully with a full day off today we'll have him back in the lineup tomorrow."

Melvin said Reddick's dental issues have been frustrating for everyone on the team.

"It is," Melvin said. "He's a key guy in our lineup, obviously. He's been the guy that's sat in that three-hole for some time now and a guy that we rely on. It is, but he's a tough guy. Believe me, if there was any way that he could be out there, he'd be out there. He's played in some pain this year, and a guy that likes to be out there for his club. You know it's bothering him some if he can't get in the lineup."

Reddick wound up pinch-hitting in the eighth inning and singling softly to left off Vinnie Pestano to load the bases with the game tied, 4-4. Josh Donaldson then hit a go-ahead single.

Reddick said his he started feeling some pain by the seventh inning, "but nowhere near what I've been feeling lately. I was excited about that."

Reddick said there's a chance he could play in the field Saturday against Cleveland.

"We'll see how it feels in the morning. The doctors going to give me a call to follow up with me. We'll see how it handles the night. Hopefully."