The Oakland A's bad run of injuries continued on Thursday when outfielder Josh Reddick fractured his left thumb while stealing second base in the seventh inning of the A's 4-1 loss to the Yankees. Reddick arguably the A's most valuable position player, told beat reporters after the game that the initial timetable for his recovery would be four-to-six weeks. He will be the 12th player to join the A's disabled list.
Reddick was in the middle of an outstanding season before the injury. His two hits on Thursday pushed his average up to .322 and his overall line to .322/.394/.466. He homered in the game, his seventh of the year. He also extended his hitting streak to five games. The A's are already thin in the outfield with Chris Coghlan playing second base in Jed Lowrie's absence and Mark Canha out for the year with a hip injury. Recently recalled utilityman Max Muncy could see some time in the outfield, as could Tyler Ladendorf, but the A's are likely to add another outfielder from Triple-A to replace Reddick.
The A's have dipped deep into the Triple-A Nashville roster already this season, and they are likely to recall either outfielder Jake Smolinski or Andrew Lambo to replace Reddick. Smolinski had a big night in Nashville's 6-5 win over the Sacramento River Cats on Thursday, collecting three hits, including the game-winning homerun. He has a five-game hitting streak and has pushed up his season slashline to .248/.310/.407 after a very slow start. Lambo had a big spring training, but he has also struggled this season and is batting just .224/.287/.320.
UPDATE: The A's officially recalled Smolinski on Friday morning and placed Reddick on the 15-day disabled list.
If the A's do recall an outfielder, it could create an opening in Nashville for Jaycob Brugman, who is batting .260/.327/.442 in his second season with the RockHounds.