Sean Doolittle due back from disabled list Friday

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Some good news here for the struggling A’s …

Oakland manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that closer Sean Doolittle, who has been sidelined since August 24 with a strained intercostal muscle, is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Doolittle threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in on Wednesday afternoon and felt no discomfort.

Eric O’Flaherty has been filling in at closer for the Athletics and blew a save Monday night in Chicago.

Doolittle has an excellent 2.28 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 80/5 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings this season.

The Athletics are currently eight games back of the first-place Angels in the American League West standings, but they’re clinging to a 1 1/2 game lead for the top American League Wild Card spot.