If Davis goes down along with Reddick, it could spell disaster for Oakland
Just when the A’s, who already had 11 players on the disabled list, thought things couldn’t get any worse, Josh Reddick broke his thumb sliding into second base on Thursday night. This left the A’s without their biggest trade piece, their number-three hitter and Gold Glove right fielder.
However, things did get worse on Saturday, when Khris Davis left the game early, reportedly with forearm tightness.
Khris Davis left for #Athletics with tightness in his right forearm.
— John Hickey (@JHickey3) May 21, 2016
The team is already in trouble as their starting pitching, with the surprising exception of 36-year-old left-hander Rich Hill, continues to struggle mightily.
The Athletics’ offense had finally starting to take off after a slow start to the season. Within three days of each other, both Danny Valencia and Khris Davis had three-homer games, with Davis’ third being a walk-off grand slam. Marcus Semien is on pace to hit 30 home runs this season. Coco Crisp and Billy Burns have both had some key at-bats. The A’s were finally getting hits runners on base.
It appeared that the team was on the verge of turning a corner. Davis, who has hit a league-leading nine home runs in May, is now an even bigger and more important piece of the A’s puzzle with Reddick out for approximately four-to-six weeks.
Davis has had an interesting first season so far in Oakland. He’s leading the team in strikeouts (41), and his batting average (.234) and on-base percentage (.270) are down from his career averages. However, he’s also leading the A’s in home runs (12) and RBI (29). Lately though, the slugger has been on a tear, one the A’s hoped wouldn’t stop (or at least slow down too much), but even being out of the lineup for a few days can completely change a hitter’s stride.
For more on Reddick’s condition and Davis’ status you can read the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: