A's place Sean Doolittle on DL with intercostal strain

Sean Doolittle has landed on the disabled list.
Sean Doolittle has landed on the disabled list. (USATSI)

The Oakland Athletics announced Sunday that they have placed All-Star closer Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right intercostal (ribcage) muscle. As a corresponding move, reliever Dan Otero has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

Doolittle, 27, has closed down 20 of his 23 save chances this season with a 2.28 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 80 strikeouts against only five walks in 55 1/3 innings. He hasn't allowed a run since the All-Star break, so obviously this is a big blow to the A's.

Otero is no slouch, though. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 2.28 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 71 innings this season. He's been fortunate enough to vulture seven wins, too, as he sports a 7-1 record.

With Doolittle out, the A's could use Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook, Eric O'Flaherty or even Otero in save situations.

In other A's news, Josh Donaldson is having a precautionary MRI on his balky knee.

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