Oakland A’s: Josh Reddick activated from DL
The beard is back, Oakland fans! The A’s announced that outfielder Josh Reddick (oblique injury) has been activated from the DL, and will get the start against the Seattle Mariners today. Reddick comes back just in time to face off against Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, in Reddick’s first action of the 2015 season. With the activation of Josh Reddick, the A’s have elected to send Tyler Landendorf to Triple-A Nashville. Reddick will be batting in the eight spot for the A’s in today’s game.
Josh Reddick fought through a knee injury during the 2014 season, but still managed to post a .264 AVG, 12 HR, 54 RBI, and 53 Runs. He is squaring off today against Felix Hernandez, whom he has not had much success against in his career. Reddick’s career stats against Hernandez aren’t very appealing (38 at bats, .158 AVG, 2 2B, and 7 strikeouts), but his presence should help bring some consistency to an A’s lineup that has lost several players from last year.
If Josh Reddick is able to stay healthy in 2015, he should be able to provide a solid, but inconsistent, bat in the A’s lineup. He tends to be known more for his glove in the last couple of years though, and he is really the only hope of a strong-arm for an A’s outfield that lost Cespedes’ arm at the trade deadline last year.
From a fantasy baseball perspective, Josh Reddick can be worth a roster addition, that is if you need help at the outfield position. He doesn’t have the best average, but he can provide some home runs, RBIs, and runs scored. There have been some early surprises at the outfield position so far in 2015, which makes the position fairly deep at this point, but Reddick might be worth a roster spot if you play in a deeper league. Worst case scenario, put him on your watch list and see if he can earn your trust.
Dustin Brown covers the MLB and fantasy baseball for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.