One of baseball's top firemen will be out for awhile.
Doolittle has 20 saves with a 2.28 ERA this season.
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By John Halpin
One of this season's most pleasant surprises has finally disappointed fantasy owners, as A's closer Sean Doolittle has been placed on the DL with an intercostal strain. There's no specific timetable on Doolittle's return at the moment, but the team's website notes that this injury can take "as few as two to three weeks of recovery time and up to several months," while the San Francisco Chronicle says that Doolittle "could miss three to six weeks." With the regular season ending in five weeks, fantasy owners need to move on from Doolittle.
Where to move? Most reports suggest Luke Gregerson and/or Ryan Cookas the A's top closing options, but beat writer Susan Slusser of the Chronicle says "it's a very strong bet that Eric O'Flaherty will be the first choice to close games, which would allow the A's to keep (Gregerson) and (Cook) in their set-up roles." While most fantasy owners zig with Gregerson and Cook, let's zag with Slusser's hunch and pick up the ground-balling O'Flaherty, who's owned in 0.1 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and has a 2.79 career ERA in 332 2/3 innings.
The A's have a couple more injuries to report, with C John Jaso on the seven-day concussion DL, and 3B Josh Donaldson (knee) is day to day. The A's acquired C Geovany Soto from the Rangers to help fill Jaso's void, but he's probably not even worth an AL-only pickup.
A nagging ankle injury might be hindering Miguel Cabrera's power, according to the Detroit Free Press.
In case you missed it, Orioles 3B Manny Machado will have knee surgery Wednesday, and is done for the season. Chris Davis has played third base in Machado's absence; he's up to 12 games at the position this season, and once he gets to 20, he'll qualify there for 2015 in most fantasy leagues.