KANSAS CITY -- Josh Reddick is down a tooth, and it meant the A's were down a middle-of-the-order hitter for Wednesday night's game against the Royals.

The Oakland outfielder had a tooth extracted on Monday, but the recovery hasn't gone as planned, and Reddick was out of the lineup for the middle game at Kauffman Stadium. Reddick's been dealing with the oral issue all season, which has forced him to wear a mouthguard.

"I had to go get it checked out [Wednesday] because the pain was pretty bad," Reddick said after the A's 3-2 loss. "The dentist [in Kansas City] said it wasn't healing right and the blood wasn't forming like it should be. We had to go in there and re-clean it out, and I had to numb it up again and put another temporary thing in there that's going to eventually dissolve, and hopefully keep the pain away."

"Home," by the way, is Georgia. Reddick spent the team's off-day on Monday flying to see his own dentist in the Peach State, saying he trusts him more than anyone.

Manager Bob Melvin said, though, that Wednesday's day off could be a bit of a blessing in disguise. Reddick has hit just .134 since July 29, and Melvin said it's been difficult to find days off for him.

"When I was writing out the lineup, I though that this actually might be a good thing for him," Melvin said. "It's hard to take him out, and really his off-days -- other than a couple full off-days -- have been DH days. He's not 6-3, 235. He's a slight guy [6-2, 180] and plays very hard and goes out there on the defensive end with as much tenacity as on the offensive end. It's good to get days off every now and then, it's just difficult for us to give him a day off because he means so much to the lineup."

Reddick said he is fine to play in Thursday's series finale, but added that he won't be sporting his trademark mouthguard anymore.

Jonny Gomes started in place of Reddick in right field on Wednesday and went 0-for-3.

Strikeouts continue to plague A's hitters

KANSAS CITY -- The A's matched a not-so-good club record for the second time this season.

Oakland hitters struck out 12 times in Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to the Royals, extending the team's streak of 10-strikeout games to four. That matches the longest such stretch in Oakland history originally set in June 2008 and matched just last month. The A's struck out a combined 35 times in last weekend's three-game series against the White Sox.

"We've had some high strikeout issues at times this year, especially since we have some guys who hit the ball out of the ballpark a little bit more," manager Bob Melvin said. "We are going to strike out our share, but we did have quite a few [Tuesday] from some guys that don't normally strike out that often."

Entering play on Wednesday, the A's led the American League in strikeouts with 966 and were on pace to break the single-season franchise mark of 1,226, also set in 2008.

Anderson may be nearing return to Majors

KANSAS CITY -- Injured pitcher Brett Anderson made his second rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday night, bringing him closer to returning to the big leagues.

Anderson, recovering from Tommy John surgery, hasn't pitched for the A's since June 5 of last season. He picked up a win on Friday for Sacramento, allowing just three hits and striking out four in six shutout innings.

If all goes well, Anderson's return could be right around the corner.

"We'll have to find a spot for him. We'll just see how that goes in the coming days," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

"His last performance was really good is what they said. Velocity, numbers, everything. He pitched very well. He's getting to where he's pitching for results, and that's what you want to see, the intensity of that. We expect him to go out there in the same fashion [Wednesday]."