OAKLAND -- One month after a trio of A's attempted to make a tragic situation just a little bit better, Aaron Hern, who was injured in April's Boston Marathon bombings, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Coliseum before Tuesday's matchup against the Giants.
Hern, a 12-year-old Bay Area native, was in Boston on April 15 to watch his mother, Katherine, compete in her first Boston Marathon. Hern was one of nearly 200 people injured in the bombing's blasts; he was struck by shrapnel waiting for his mother to cross the finish line. Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital removed the shards of metal from his leg and he was released from the hospital April 24.
Two days prior, A's outfielder Josh Reddick, first baseman Brandon Moss and first-base coach Tye Waller paid him a visit while the A's were in Boston to play the Red Sox.
"To see his face light up that soon and to see him doing so well so soon after an explosion like that is unreal," Reddick said at the time. "I thought I got more out of it than him. I'm just so grateful for everything in this life. He really put that into perspective for us today."
Hern's first pitch came one day after Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty, a recipient of a Purple Heart and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Memorial Day matinee between the Bay Area adversaries.
"You always can draw inspiration from that. I don't think it needs to transfer to the field -- just life in general," A's manager Bob Melvin said before Tuesday's game. "Yesterday was quite a story as well for the first pitch. Both these two days, you kind of take a step back and realize that there's more than just baseball."
The Aaron Hern Recovery Fund has been established to assist Hern's famiy with hospital costs. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location nationwide.
Reddick feeling good after first rehab game
OAKLAND -- A day after getting in work with Class A Stockton, outfielder Josh Reddick took his rehab to Sacramento for the start of what's expected to be a three-day stint with the Triple-A River Cats.
Reddick went 1-for-3 and played right field for six innings with the Ports on Monday night, marking the first game action he'd seen since May 6. He was placed on the disabled list May 8 with a right wrist sprain.
"He felt good," manager Bob Melvin said. "No issues."
Oakland's Gold Glove right fielder, hitting just .152, is now scheduled to play three consecutive games with Sacramento.
"He'll play in the field today and then DH tomorrow, see where we're at and maybe play in the field the next day," Melvin said Tuesday.
That puts Reddick on track for a Friday return, the same day Oakland is set to welcome the White Sox for the start of a three-game set.
• Entering Tuesday, A's pitchers had allowed two runs or fewer in six of the last 10 games with a 2.33 ERA and .215 opponents' average over that span. That dropped their season ERA to 3.96, which ranked seventh in the American League. It had not been under 4.00 since April 24.
• Oakland has four days to keep its May record above .500. The A's entered Tuesday with a 13-11 ledger in the month, having posted a losing record in May in four of the previous five seasons.