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Doolittle set to begin rehab stint

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OAKLAND -- An injury-riddled A's pitching staff could regain one of its biggest assets on the team's next homestand, with left-hander Sean Doolittle closing in on a return.

Doolittle could be back in Oakland's bullpen as soon as Aug. 22, A's manager Bob Melvin said Saturday after announcing plans for the reliever to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

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OAKLAND -- An injury-riddled A's pitching staff could regain one of its biggest assets on the team's next homestand, with left-hander Sean Doolittle closing in on a return.

Doolittle could be back in Oakland's bullpen as soon as Aug. 22, A's manager Bob Melvin said Saturday after announcing plans for the reliever to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

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The plan is to have Doolittle pitch again for Nashville on Wednesday and Saturday, before potentially being activated when the A's return home for a three-game series with the Indians.

Doolittle, sidelined with a left shoulder strain for nearly two months, faced hitters Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list. Melvin said Doolittle "felt great" after the 20-pitch session against teammates, which was enough to signal the green light for a rehab outing.

"He was all for it," Melvin said. "He's a hard-working guy, and he's honest too. If we didn't feel like after his bullpen that he felt great, then we wouldn't do this."

Right-hander Jesse Hahn (strained shoulder) could return even sooner than Doolittle. He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday and is expected to go out on a rehab assignment this week ahead of a potential start in Chicago on Aug. 21. 

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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