Josh Reddick, the man with the beard, has still not picked up a bat since suffering a right wrist sprain earlier this month. He is hoping to be able to start swinging soon, but the injury is not healing as quickly as the Oakland Athletics' outfielder would like. And if things don't start to progress, surgery is still an option.
Jane Lee of MLB.com says Reddick hopes to pick up a bat in about a week. Then he'll make a decision on his future.
Reddick likely to wait a week before picking up a bat. If he can't swing a bat soon, he'll make decision on surgery. He's not ruling it out.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 13, 2013
Reddick has been one of the inspirational leaders in the A's clubhouse. His hustle, dedication, and heart have helped Oakland win when many think they shouldn't. He helped the team to the playoffs last season by hitting 32 home runs. He flat-out can play baseball. And with Oakland hovering around .500, they need Reddick back soon. Unfortunately, that won't happen if he has to undergo surgery.
Reddick is a five-year Major League veteran. In his career, he has hit .237/.296/.429. His last two seasons have been far more impressive than his overall career stats, so the A's hope he is breaking out. Reddick won a Gold Glove last year and finished 16th in American League MVP voting.
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