A's Reinstate LHP Doolittle from the DL; Option RHP Otero to Nashville

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's reinstated left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle from the 60-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Dan Otero to Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's transferred first baseman Ike Davis to the 60-day DL.

Doolittle began the season on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff. He was reinstated May 26 and pitched the next day against Detroit (1.0 ip, 1 h, 2 so) before returning to the DL May 28 with a strained left shoulder. Doolittle began a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton Aug. 7 and pitched in one game with the Ports, tossing a scoreless inning of relief. He was transferred to Nashville Aug. 11 and logged a 2.25 ERA in four relief appearances (4.0 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 10 so).

Otero was recalled from Nashville a week ago today for his third stint with the A's and appeared in one game last Sunday at Baltimore, allowing eight runs on eight hits in 1.1 innings. He is 2-4 with a 7.68 ERA and .350 opponents batting average in 30 games overall with Oakland.

Davis was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a strained left hip and will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum. He batted .229 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 74 games with the A's.