NEW YORK -- Derek Norris wasn't in the A's starting lineup Tuesday against the Mets in Citi Field after being hit by a backswing Sunday.
Norris said he's fine and could play if needed, but he's been hit a bunch this season by backswings from hitters, and it's more than a painful nuisance.
He thinks baseball needs to do something to protect catchers.
"It's not just me; it's not just the catcher on this team," Norris said. "Catchers around the league are getting hit. And they (MLB) have got to do something about it. When a hitter gets drilled by a 98 mph fastball, something gets done about it. I think the same should be when catchers get hit.''
A's manager Bob Melvin questioneed would form a change should take.
"I don't remember getting hit that much by a backswing when I was a catcher," said Melvin, who played in the big leagues from 1985-94. "You are seeing it more and more. You are seeing more elongated swings and follow-throughs and catchers getting hit more and more.
"At some point you have to look into that for safety measures. Maybe (there should be) some sort of penalty. It's tough because guys are going up there and they aren't really thinking about their backswings. Maybe an out. I don't know. It's not for me to decide, but it is a concern."
Reddick spent four days on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Sacramento and said the injured knee was no issue.
"I feel good swinging and running,'' Reddick said. "I was able to give it a test, and it went well.''
In his four games Reddick had a .438 average and three of his seven hits were doubles. He tried to steal a base twice and was successful once.
"He took it very seriously,'' Melvin said. "And his knee was tested. So why not get him back in the lineup?"
"It was awesome to go in there and see that,'' Gray said. "I met up with some of my coaches and players I knew.''
It didn't hurt to see Vanderbilt beat Virginia 9-8 in Game 1.
"It was a lot of fun,'' he said.
Blanks, picked up from San Diego on May 15, was hitting .333 to during his 21 games with the A's and was at .378 with a .500 on-base percentage in his last 18 games.