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