08/18/12 2:56 AM ET
A's celebrate 10th anniversary of 20-game streak
By Eric Gilmore / Special to MLB.com
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."
Left-hander Brett Anderson, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery, will throw a bullpen session at The Coliseum before Saturday's game.
"And then we'll have to figure out where we're at with that," Melvin said. "No decisions there yet."Anderson has made five rehab starts at Triple-A Sacramento. He threw 96 pitches on Wednesday in his most recent start. Once Anderson is deemed healthy enough to be activated, Melvin will have to find a spot for him in the rotation. He has been out since June of last season. Outfielder Seth Smith took batting practice and ran the bases before Friday night's game as he continued his rehabilitation from a strained left hamstring. He is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday but won't be activated, Melvin said. Melvin said he wants to see how Smith fares taking batting practice and running for a few days. "If he does that for a couple days, maybe we look to get him out on a rehab assignment, if all goes well here in the next day or two," Melvin said. Right-hander Grant Balfour earned his ninth save of the season Thursday night at Kansas City, and Melvin said he'll likely remain in that role for the near future. "I think as of right now it's a pretty good fit," Melvin said. Right-hander A.J. Griffin, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder on Aug. 5, threw a bullpen session Friday. "Threw all his pitches today," Melvin said. "Probably throw another one on Sunday then we'll see where we're at as far as maybe a rehab start or something along those lines." Melvin said that third baseman Brandon Inge has made some progress from a sprained right shoulder but might not be ready to come off the disable list when his 15 days are up -- he went on the DL Tuesday, retroactive to Aug. 12. "I really don't know on that one," Melvin said. "This was a big day for him. He could finally lift his arm all the way over his shoulder level. The last several days he was not able to. So hopefully once you break through certain levels, maybe it speeds up the process."
Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.