Video: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle gets some media training

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Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is currently working his way back from a partial tear of his left rotator cuff. He’s a busy guy, as he’s scheduled for a rehab appearance on Sunday and he’s been getting media coaching from girlfriend Eireann Dolan.

Hopefully his shoulder rehab goes a little better than that. The A’s are hoping to get him back by the end of May or early June.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’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.