ARLINGTON -- Infielder Jed Lowrie's bruised right foot was sore enough to keep him out of the starting lineup in Texas on Wednesday, but not enough for his manager to rule him out of entering the game at some point.
"He won't be pinch-running today, let's put it that way," Oakland's Bob Melvin said. "But as I'm sitting here right now, I'd hate to say there's no chance of using him in an emergency. Certainly we'll try to stay away from him, though."
There was no such emergency in Oakland's 3-1 loss, and even if there was, Lowrie likely couldn't have offered much help, since his foot was so bruised that he couldn't fit it in a cleat.
Lowrie was serving as designated hitter on Tuesday night when he took a Yu Darvish pitch off his foot in the fifth inning. He was taken out of the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh to go for X-rays that proved negative.
Melvin is hopeful that, with Thursday's off-day, Lowrie will be able to rest his foot enough to be ready to return to the starting lineup Friday in Houston.
"I just want to play," he said. "I want to be out there as quickly as I can, but I can't really give a timetable because I don't know when the swelling is going to go away."
Lowrie entered the day 4-for-8 on the road trip, with his season average on the road up to .337.
Reddick not yet ready to come off disabled list
ARLINGTON -- As expected, Wednesday morning came and went without the addition of A's outfielder Josh Reddick, who, despite being eligible to come off the disabled list, will likely need at least another week of rehab.
Reddick remains on track to join the team in Houston on Friday to take batting practice for the first time since going on the DL with a sprained right wrist. As long as all goes well, he'll do it again Saturday, and from there the A's will decide if he's ready for a rehab assignment.
Oakland's right fielder could potentially be reinstated next week, when the A's play four games against the Giants, two in Oakland and two in San Francisco, before they play host to the White Sox for a three-game set beginning May 31.
Reddick was batting just .152 at the time he was placed on the DL, though he believes his hitting woes may have strongly been connected to his wrist discomfort.