Sean Doolittle Injury: Updates on Athletics Pitcher's Ribs and Return

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Sean Doolittle Injury: Updates on Athletics Pitcher's Ribs and Return
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Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

The Athletics' official Twitter feed has an update on Doolittle:

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has the latest on Doolittle:

 

Updates from Monday, Sept. 8

John Hickey of Bay Area News Group and Susan Slusser of MLB.com shared comments from Sean Doolittle on his recovery:

 

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

Aaron Leibowitz of MLB.com reported on Sean Doolittle's recovery:

The A's closer, on the disabled list since Aug. 24 with a right intercostal strain, threw long toss on Wednesday and felt great, one day after playing catch from 90 feet.

"Tomorrow he'll be off, and we'll see where we are with him on Friday," manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday. "Encouraging to see he feels as good as he does."

Doolittle is eligible to come off the DL as early as Monday, and given how well he's progressing, that appears to be a possibility.

 

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As the Oakland Athletics head into the most critical stretch of the MLB regular season, they'll be without closer Sean Doolittle for at least a couple of weeks.    

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the 2014 All-Star is suffering from an intercostal strain and was placed on the disabled list:

MLB.com's Jane Lee thinks the closer could miss serious time and added the current timetable for his return:

In conjunction with Doolittle's move to the DL, the A's have called up Dan Otero from Triple-A Sacramento, per Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today:

Doolittle was hurt on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Angels. After the game, he sounded hopeful about his prognosis.

"If I was not able to do some of the stuff they asked me to do, it'd be a different story," said Doolittle, per MLB.com's Aaron Leibowitz. "I probably wouldn't be out here talking to you guys. [The trainers] were encouraged by that, and I think early signs are pointed in the right direction."

In 54 appearances in 2014, Doolittle leads the Athletics with 20 saves while posting an ERA of 2.28. Oakland is unable to find a suitable replacement for Doolittle this late in the season. Instead, manager Bob Melvin said that he'll employ a closer-by-committee approach, via ESPN's Jim Bowden:

Eric O'Flaherty is the only player among that trio to have not recorded a save this year. Otero and Ryan Cook each have a save apiece, so they're at least familiar with pitching in high-pressure, late-inning situations. They should be serviceable replacements for the short term.

Until Doolittle returns, though, there will be a hole in Oakland's bullpen, which is exactly what the team doesn't want as it tries to jump ahead of the Angels in the American League West.

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