At the end of Saturday evening's game, Sean Doolittle visibly grimaced and did not appear to make a full strength throw to first to record the final out. It appears he will be placed on the disabled list with an intercostal strain.
While Doolittle played off the injury as just something that needed rest, it appears his MRI today may have revealed something more serious, prompting Dan Otero's re-activation before today's game.
Doolittle feels about the same as last night, Melvin says. Looks like an intercostal injury. #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 24, 2014
Dan Otero will be activated before the game, Doolittle likely to DL. #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 24, 2014
Otero cannot be activated unless another player is being placed on the disabled list, and John Jaso will not be deactivated until tomorrow, it appears.
Of some comfort for A's fans, if there is one area of extreme depth for the Athletics, it is the bullpen. Beyond Otero, Evan Scribner, Fernando Rodriguez, and Joe Savery have all pitched well in limited time with the big league club this year, and Evan Scribner's Sacramento ERA of 3.06 is the highest of the three.
There is no word yet on how long Doolittle is expected to be shut down with his injury.
Just eight more days until September 1 everybody.
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