A’s closer Sean Doolittle throws first bullpen session

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A’s closer Sean Doolittle, who’s been shut down since January with a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session today.

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Doolittle will throw another bullpen session Sunday, at which point he could be cleared to face live hitters. His return timetable remains mid-May at the earliest, giving Tyler Clippard a bit more time as the A’s closer.

A converted first baseman, Doolittle has been one of the best relievers in the league since debuting for the A’s in 2012 with a 2.97 ERA and 209/32 K/BB ratio in 179 innings.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.