The Athletics’ ball boy, patrolling the left field line at the O.co Coliseum, made what was arguably the play of the day on Saturday when the A’s hosted the Rays. In the top of the second inning, the Athletics had runners on first and second with one out for Marcus Semien. Semien drilled a 2-0 Erasmo Ramirez fastball down the left field line. The ball boy, with a running start, dove for the ball as it dared to skip towards the Athletics’ relievers in front of the stands and successfully snagged the ball.
He got a round of applause from the fans in Oakland and gave the ball away, but the best part was how casually he got dap from the relievers. Act like you’ve been there before, they say.
Things haven’t gone according to plan for the Athletics and closer Sean Doolittle this season, but here’s some good news to pass along.
Doolittle has been limited to just one appearance this season due to a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He missed the first six weeks of the season before making his return on May 27, but he went right back on the disabled list a few days later.
While there was some question about whether Doolittle would pitch again this season, he has made solid progress of late and there were positive reports during his minor league rehab assignment. He allowed one run in four inning and struck out the side in each of his last two appearances. Jane Lee of MLB.com notes that he was sitting in the 90-92 mph range while topping out at 93 mph.
Tyler Clippard functioned as the closer while Doolittle was sidelined, but he was traded to the Mets last month. It has been a bumpy ride in the A’s bullpen since, so Doolittle could get a chance to reclaim his old job. At the very least, he could go into the offseason with some peace of mind about his health.
Doolittle, 28, owns a 2.95 ERA with 10.6 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 over 176 appearances in the majors. He saved 22 games for Oakland last season.
Athletics first baseman Ike Davis underwent an MRI which showed a torn labrum in his left hip. He’ll undergo hip surgery, ending his 2015 season, CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich reports.
Davis went on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. It’s believed he suffered the injury overcompensating for his previous quad injury. He ends his season batting .229/.301/.350 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 239 plate appearances.
Mark Canha should draw most of the remaining starts at first base through the end of the season.