Athletics RF Josh Reddick breaks thumb in slide, out indefinitely

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Reddick was trying to make something happen, hoping to put himself into position to score. He's likely going to miss a month at minimum as a result of a fractured left thumb.

"Frustrating isn't even the right word," Reddick said following the Oakland Athletics' 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday night. "I'm ticked off more than anything. I was having a great season and now this. Something so simple can be so damaging."

Reddick, who hit a solo home run in the fourth for the A's only run, caught his thumb on Starlin Castro's spike stealing second base in the seventh. It also appeared Reddick was kicked in the head, according to MLB.com.

"I had the green light at that point. I was trying to help the club win a game," Reddick said. "We were down a run. Unfortunately, those things happen."

Reddick, 29, leads the A's with 47 hits, in batting average at .322 and on-base percentage at .394.

Reddick, who was placed on the disabled list Friday, will be out indefinitely, A's manager Bob Melvin said, according to MLB.com. Reddick said he would see a hand specialist and estimated his recovery time at four to six weeks.

He stayed in the game as a baserunner after being checked by a team trainer and was then replaced in right field by Tyler Ladendorf.

Reddick, an eight-year veteran, is in his fifth season with the A's after re-signing a one-year, $6.58 million contract. He spent his first three seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

To fill Reddick's spot on the roster, the A's recalled Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.