The injury-plagued Oakland Athletics’ pitching staff received more bad news over the weekend as reliever Sean Doolittle was placed on the 15-day disabled list after his first appearance of the season earlier in the week.
#Athletics place Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list; recall Angel Castro from Nashville.
— #VoteGreenCollar (@Athletics) May 30, 2015
Doolittle missed the first 48 games of the season while rehabilitating a sore rotator cuff. After making his first appearance of the year on Wednesday, he awoke in the night with significant pain in a different part of his shoulder. Doolittle was quoted in a story by Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group as saying, “I felt good while I was throwing, I felt good after I was throwing and then that night, the shoulder was pretty painful in a slightly different area than before.”
Doolittle’s injury is the third setback to A’s pitchers recovering from injuries. Starting pitcher Jarrod Parker was nearing a return to the major leagues after Tommy John surgery when he suffered an elbow fracture in a minor league game. Fellow starter A.J. Griffin also had his Tommy John rehabilitation delayed by shoulder soreness.
The inconsistent A’s have struggled this year in all areas, from pitching to timely hitting to mistakes in the field. Entering Sunday’s game with the New York Yankees, the A’s are in last place in the A.L. West at 19-33, 13 games behind the division-leading Houston Astros.
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