HOUSTON -- Josh Reddick will play center field Tuesday night for the A's, his first appearance there since Sept. 27, 2012.

Reddick, the A's regular right fielder, said he took some reps in center on Monday after teammate Yoenis Cespedes came to him to say he no longer wanted to play center.

Cespedes was a center fielder when he came to the A's after defecting from Cuba, but after spending some time there in 2012 moved to left field where he's played most of the time since.

The A's are in need of short-term center field help with Craig Gentry (broken right hand) on the disabled list and Coco Crisp dealing with ongoing neck trouble.

Reddick was a center fielder in the minor leagues for two years and said ''it's not a problem for me. I'll just take some more reps to get comfortable."

Oakland promoted minor-leaguer Billy Burns to play some center Monday but manager Bob Melvin says for now Burns will only start against left-handed pitching.

For more on the A's, see John Hickey's Inside the A's blog at ibabuzz.com/athletics. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JHickey3.



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