Josh Reddick's Injury No More Than Just a Scare for Oakland

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIApril 7, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 06:  Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after being called out on a close play at first in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 6, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Oakland won 6-3.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Josh Reddick won a Gold Glove in 2012 for his aggressive style of play.  It is that same aggressive style of play that almost cost him some playing time in his defense of that Gold Glove in 2013.

In the fifth inning of Sunday's victory over the Houston Astros to finish the series sweep, Reddick ran into the right field wall in pursuit of a foul ball.  After spending some time on the ground, Reddick was taken out of the game and had X-rays taken.

Those X-rays have come back to show a sprained wrist, according to Casey Pratt of CSN Bay Area, which is a huge relief to Reddick and the Oakland A's.  The injury looked much more serious watching the game, but with the sprained wrist diagnosis, Reddick should be day-to-day.

Reddick can take his time in returning to full strength because of the A's offseason acquisition of Chris Young from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Young is a very worthy replacement for Reddick and any other A's outfielder who needs time off.

Just because Young is available, doesn't mean the A's won't need Reddick back as soon as he can play.  Reddick hit 32 home runs in his first season with the A's last year when he played 81 home games in the confines of the pitcher-friendly O.Co Coliseum.

Although Reddick should be fine physically, it will be interesting to see how hard he chases down the next foul ball hit his way when he returns to the field.