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Josh Reddick to miss 4-6 weeks with broken thumb

The outfielder will miss significant time, but will likely be back by the beginning of July.

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Athletics right-fielder Josh Reddick fractured his right thumb in Thursday's game and will miss about 4-6 weeks, as first reported by MLB.com's Jane Lee. Reddick suffered the injury sliding into second base.

Reddick, 29, has been one of Oakland's most consistent contributors, hitting .322/.394/.466 with five home runs and 18 RBI. He is considered a top trade candidate in advance of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, though today's news at least slightly threatens his availability.

Even if Reddick comes back at the end of the six-week timeframe, he will return in early July and be able to show teams how he has healed for about a month before the deadline. He has already been linked to both the Cubs and White Sox in trade rumors.

In Reddick's place, the A's will likely turn to a combination of Andrew Lambo, Jake Smolinski and Chris Coghlan with Mark Canha and Sam Fuld also missing time due to injury.