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Eric O'Flaherty | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) is nearing a rehab assignment.
He'll throw another bullpen session on Monday and could be cleared for game action at that time. O'Flaherty has been on the shelf since early May with left shoulder inflammation. May 24 - 11:52 AM

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Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session later this week.

It will be his first time back on the bump since landing on the disabled list early this month with left shoulder inflammation. There's no word on a potential timetable for O'Flaherty's return, but a rehab assignment shouldn't be far off.
May 20 - 12:47 PM

Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) resumed a throwing program on Friday.

He also threw on Saturday, playing catch from a distance of 90 feet. There's no word on a potential timetable for O'Flaherty's return, but the A's figure to be careful here.
May 17 - 9:48 AM

Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) could play catch on Tuesday.

O'Flaherty got favorable news on his left shoulder when he was examined on Monday. There's no word on a potential timetable for his return, but the A's figure to be careful with him.
May 12 - 7:14 PM

Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) could gain clearance while visiting the doctor on Monday to resume throwing in a day or two.

O'Flaherty has been on the disabled list for just over a week with inflammation in his left shoulder. We'll obviously know more about a potential timetable for him after he's examined.
May 11 - 7:26 PM

An MRI on Eric O'Flaherty's left shoulder showed only inflammation.

He'll be shut down until he regains all of the range of motion in his shoulder, but the good news is he's not dealing with any structural damage. O'Flaherty holds an 11.57 ERA and 2.29 WHIP over seven innings this season.
May 4 - 6:32 PM

Eric O'Flaherty (shoulder) will undergo an MRI Sunday.

O'Flaherty was already placed on the disabled list Saturday with what the A's called a left shoulder strain, but they're sending him for an exam in order to get a better handle on the situation. The results of the MRI are expected to be available on Monday.
May 3 - 1:51 PM

Athletics placed LHP Eric O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

As talented as O'Flaherty is, he just can't seem to stay healthy. The 30-year-old posted a troublesome 11.57 ERA and 2.29 WHIP over seven innings before succumbing to the injury.
May 2 - 4:00 PM

Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) tried throwing on Monday and didn't feel completely comfortable.

He is not on the A's active roster for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game in Kansas City and the left-hander might not be an option for the ALDS either. O'Flaherty was bothered by discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow over the final few weeks of the regular season.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 05:44:00 PM

Eric O'Flaherty is not on the A's roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija were also left off, but Jason Hammel and Drew Pomeranz are on the roster just in case they are needed in long relief. Of course, with Jon Lester on the hill, the A's are hoping that won't be necessary. Speedster Billy Burns is also on the roster, giving Oakland a pinch-running option in the late innings. The A's will reset their roster if they make it through to the ALDS.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw live batting practice Monday.

O'Flaherty hasn't pitched since September 20 due to soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow. He'll need to prove his health and effectiveness to pitch this postseason.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Eric O'Flaherty took a blown save Monday after giving up a ninth-inning homer in his first appearance in a week.

O'Flaherty, who was limited by back tightness the past several days, was one strike away from notching a save tonight before giving up a homer to Tyler Flowers. It was the second homer he's allowed in 17 1/3 innings this season, but both of those bombs have come in his only two save chances since replacing the injured Sean Doolittle in the ninth. It's unclear if he'll get the next save chance now, but with the way Ryan Cook has struggled of late, O'Flaherty still might be the best bet.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 11:58:00 PM

Eric O'Flaherty will be available out of the Athletics' bullpen Monday.

O'Flaherty couldn't pitch Sunday due to lower back tightness, but he's evidently made great progress over the last 24 hours. Sean Doolittle (intercostal) is expected back later this week, but O'Flaherty could see a couple more save chances until then.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 06:30:00 PM

Eric O'Flaherty was unavailable for the A's weekend series against the Astros due to lower back tightness.

And he is doubtful to be available for Monday's series-opener versus the White Sox. Ryan Cook was used as the A's fill-in closer on Sunday and blew the opportunity, walking three of the four batters he faced as the Astros poured on two runs. Sean Doolittle (intercostal) should be ready to return to Oakland's ninth-inning role at some point this week.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Despite giving up a homer to Chris Carter, Eric O'Flaherty finally recorded his first career save Wednesday against the Astros.

Fortunately, O'Flaherty was able to erase Robbie Grossman on a double-play ball before the homer, since a two-run shot would have tied the game at 5. After that, O'Flaherty got Dexter Fowler to line out to end it. The outing certainly wasn't quite what the A's were hoping for when they made the surprising decision to have O'Flaherty replace the injured Sean Doolittle. However, since he got the job done, he'll likely continue to close.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:11:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
3Max Muncy
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
CF1Sam Fuld
2Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Jesse Chavez
6Kendall Graveman
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Edward Mujica
8Fernando Rodriguez
9Arnold Leon
10Taylor Thompson