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Sean Doolittle placed on disabled list with intercostal strain. Dan Otero recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

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Thearon W. Henderson

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. He has been placed on the disabled list with an intercostal strain.

While Doolittle played off the injury last night 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.

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.

Josh Donaldson also received an MRI today. Off-day is precautionary.

Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson also received an MRI today after hurting his knee during his final plate appearance last night.

He is not in tonight's starting lineup. Alberto Callaspo will play third base.