The Oakland Athletics entered a weekend series against the Houston Astros with a 79-61 record, which is good for second in the American League West. With 22 games remaining in the season, the Athletics have a good chance at a post season berth. Those chances have been increased after hearing that closer Sean Doolittle is making progress and could return as soon as Monday.
Doolittle, who has been on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain was "feeling better" but not 100% ready for action. Doolittle has been on the disabled list since August 24, threw a long toss session on Wednesday. Some are speculating a return as early as Monday.
Doolittle is 1-3 with 20 saves in his third Major League season. He has a 2.28 ERA over a span of 55 1/3 innings. He has allowed 34 hits and struck out 80 batters. Doolittle has a career record of 8-9 with 23 saves and an ERA of 2.83.