Athletics place Sean Doolittle back on the disabled list


Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is back on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Angel Castro has been called up from Triple-A Nashville.

Doolittle had missed the first two months of the season due to a partial tear of his rotator cuff before making his season debut against the Tigers on May 27. The lefty, however, only topped out at 89 MPH against the Tigers and reportedly looked uncomfortable playing catch on Friday.

Tyler Clippard will continue serving as the team’s closer while Doolittle is out. He’s 6-for-7 converting saves thus far with a 2.53 ERA and a 17/12 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings.

Braves sign reliever Will Smith to three-year, $39 million contract

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The Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.

Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.

Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.