Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Sean Doolittle (62) comes in to pitch in the top of the eighth inning of an MBL baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels on opening day at the Oakland Coliseum Monday, April 3, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Sean Doolittle (62) comes in to pitch in the top of the eighth inning of an MBL baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels on opening day at the Oakland Coliseum Monday, April 3, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Sean Doolittle placed on DL

The Oakland Athletics announced a series of bullpen moves on Wednesday, including sending Sean Doolittle to the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder strain.

Doolittle has been on the DL three times over the past two seasons for shoulder injuries, missing a total of 180 games. It is unknown at this time whether Doolittle is seriously injured or if he has been placed on the new 10-day list as a precautionary measure.

Right-hander Cesar Valdez was designated for assignment after allowing three home runs in one inning on Tuesday.

To fill the spots, the A’s called up two right-handed relievers, Bobby Wahl and Josh Smith. Wahl, a 2013 fifth-round pick from Ole Miss, will be making his first appearance on an MLB roster. He has a 1.93 ERA in 9.1 innings for Triple-A Nashville. Smith has a career ERA of 5.47 across 2015 and 2016 for the Reds. He has a 3.29 ERA in 2017 for Nashville.

The moves leave Daniel Coulombe as the lone left-hander in the Oakland bullpen. Left-handers are batting .154 against Coulombe this year.bobby wahlcésar valdezjosh smithMajor League BaseballMLBOakland AthleticsSean Doolittle

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