Sean Doolittle has a “slight” rotator cuff tear, won’t be ready for Opening Day


Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a “slight” rotator cuff tear as well as significant inflammation in his left shoulder,’s Jane Lee reports. The lefty received a platelet-rich plasma injection. Lee adds that the Athletics will be reevaluated later before deciding what to do next. At any rate, the club doesn’t expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich notes that the shoulder problem started when Doolittle began his off-season throwing program. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics assistant GM David Forst doesn’t believe Doolittle will need surgery.

With Doolittle out, Tyler Clippard — acquired from the Nationals last week — should be first in line in save situations.

Doolittle, 28, is entering the second year of a five-year contract signed last April. Doolittle posted exceptional numbers in 2014, including a 2.73 ERA and an 89/8 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings. He converted the save in 22 of 26 opportunities after being installed as the regular closer in mid-May.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger,’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.