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Slumping Josh Reddick sits out game after tooth extraction

Aug 16, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

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Josh Reddick has slumped of late, hitting .134 in his last 15 games, and the A’s outfielder missed yesterday’s game after having a tooth extracted earlier this week.

Vinnie Duber of MLB.com notes that Reddick “has been dealing with the oral issue all season, which has forced him to wear a mouthguard.” And finally this week it became too much, as Reddick explained:

I had to go get it checked out because the pain was pretty bad. The dentist said it wasn’t healing right and the blood wasn’t forming like it should be. We had to go in there and re-clean it out, and I had to numb it up again and put another temporary thing in there that’s going to eventually dissolve, and hopefully keep the pain away.

Duber reports that Reddick used Monday’s off day to fly to his home in Georgia so he could be examined by his own dentist. And despite how unpleasant that all sounds, he’s expected to be back in the lineup tonight.

  1. motherscratcher23 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Dry socket sucks. Hurts.

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    The offense is slumping right now, and has been for a week. Partially due to injuries (Smith out, Cespedes wrist) and by some guys cooling off (if Carter is in fact a 1.000 OPS guy, even the Great and Powerful Beane will be surprised, if not shocked). Then there was the elephant in the room (hat tip to old A’s logo): non-performers unaddressed at the trade deadline: Pennington, Weeks, and catcher.

    In the days of the old Oriole dynasty, to compete with the Yankees Weaver & Co built a team that was strong defensively up the middle, even if some offense was sacrificed there. They made up for a lack of superstars at a spot or two with veteran platoons, and they had very strong pitching.

    Sounds like the A’s except for the consistency part, and the part about strong defense up the middle. Weeks is ok, not strong, and Crisp is declining, according to UZR. I do believe he has lost a step, but he seems able to get to a lot of balls still. His arm has clearly declined to approaching Damon levels. That’s why Reddick and
    Cespedes cut him off more regularly than do most corner outfielders cut off their center fielders.

    In any event, while the blue print is clear, the execution is still sporadic. Remember before the A’s huge July they had gone 0-9 at one point in the Spring. Hopefully there is still time to get healthy and get back in the Wild Card race.

  3. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Glad to see he finally had it taken care of. Josh is a class act.

    And unless Bailey is lights out that trade quickly becomes Larry Andersen – Jeff Bagwell 2,

  4. huffdaddyco - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Wow! No kidding it needed to come out. I mean, look at it all yellow and poking right out of his mouth there. Ouch!

    Seriously though, great guy and I hope this takes care of it.

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