The Oakland Athletics placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list after incurring a right knee strain in Saturday's game. This is the same knee that he hyperextended on May 31 that led to his first trip to the disabled list. Since his return, Reddick was 5-for-11 with a triple, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts in 13 plate appearances. Overall, Reddick had been batting .229/.296/.358 over 196 plate appearances. The results of his MRI are not yet known.
In Reddick's place the Athletics recalled right-handed batting first baseman Nate Freiman from the Sacramento River Cats. The 6-foot-8 Freiman was .277/.361/.493 with 14 home runs, 37 walks, and 69 strikeouts over 346 plate appearances for Sacramento. He is for now likely to fit into the role he assumed last year as the right-handed portion of the platoon at first base, opposite Brandon Moss. Against left-handed pitching in Sacramento, however, Freiman is actually performing worse over a small sample size, with a line of .226/.330/.405 with 3 home runs, 13 walks, and 24 strikeouts over 97 plate appearances.
With Oakland all of last year as a Rule 5 draft selection acquired off waivers from the Houston Astros, who had selected him from the San Diego Padres, Freiman batted .274/.327/.389 over 208 plate appearances before an abdominal injury sidelined him at the very end of the season.
Freiman was instructed to travel to Miami yesterday afternoon, and is in this morning's lineup against the Marlins. Reddick's injury makes him the fourth player on a short-term injury list, joining Drew Pomeranz, Eric O'Flaherty, and Kyle Blanks. Freiman may not be with the club for too long, as Bob Melvin informed Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he expects Blanks to be re-activated when eligible to return July 8.