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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.
A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether. Sep 18 - 2:15 AM

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Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless 10th inning for a save against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

Doolittle hadn't had a hitter take a swing off him in three weeks, but the A's threw him right back into the closer's role and he turned in an easy nine-pitch inning to finish a 3-2 victory, which evened the crucial series ahead of Sunday's finale. Jon Lester and Chris Young will go in that one.
Sep 14 - 1:01 AM

Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list.

Doolittle has missed the last three weeks with with an intercostal strain, but he's thrown off a mound a couple times this week with no issues and is ready to go. The left-hander should immediately resume his role as Oakland's closer.
Sep 12 - 1:37 PM

A's manager Bob Melvin said he "fully expects" Sean Doolittle (intercostal) to return Friday.

Doolittle threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in the box on Wednesday and woke up Thursday with no abnormal discomfort. The left-hander has been out since August 24 with a strained intercostal muscle but should jump right back into his ninth-inning role. Eric O'Flaherty can be dropped in fantasy leagues.
Sep 11 - 12:40 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in Wednesday.

It's another, albeit not major, step for Doolittle, who threw the same number of pitches without hitters standing in the box on Monday. The left-hander said the session went well. With little left to prove, he should be days away from activation at this point.
Sep 10 - 6:12 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw 20 pitches of the mound Monday.

Doolittle felt really good and was mostly annoyed that his mechanics felt off. The next step calls for him to throw to live hitters, which could be enough for him to be activated from the disabled list. It looks like a return this week is possible.
Sep 8 - 5:29 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) will throw a bullpen session off of a mound on Monday.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin had indicated that he wanted Doolittle to throw at least one bullpen session before rejoining the bullpen. If all goes well, it's conceivable that he could be activated from the disabled list and resume his closing duties.
Sep 7 - 10:00 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw a successful 20-pitch bullpen session from flat ground on Saturday.

It's an encouraging sign in his recovery process, and Doolittle will travel with the team for their upcoming trip to Chicago. There's a strong chance he's activated at some point next week.
Sep 6 - 2:18 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) is scheduled to throw off flat ground on Saturday.

A's manager Bob Melvin wants his closer to throw at least one bullpen session before returning to the team, but it sounds as though he's making tangible progress in his recovery. Expect to see him back in the fold at some point next week.
Sep 5 - 7:11 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) played catch from 90 feet Tuesday.

It's the first time he's thrown since going on the disabled list. Doolittle noted Tuesday that his rehab is coming along well, but he didn't offer a timetable for his return. The A's had indicated previously that they hoped to get him back in mid-September.
Sep 2 - 6:50 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has begun doing sock throws.

It's basically a range-of-motion exercise. Doolittle is aiming to return to the A's active roster by the end of next week. Eric O'Flaherty is filling in at closer.
Sep 1 - 2:21 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has yet to resume baseball activities.

A's manager Bob Melvin did say Thursday that his closer was feeling better. The club is hopeful that Doolittle, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday, will be ready to go when his two weeks are up.
Aug 28 - 8:39 PM

Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal muscle.

The hard-throwing southpaw is expected to need only a minimum trip on the DL, but side injuries can tend to linger. The A's are planning to use Eric O'Flaherty as their primary closer in Doolittle's absence, and he is worthy of being added in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Aug 24 - 7:03 PM

Sean Doolittle will undergo an MRI exam on Sunday for pain that he's experiencing in his intercostal area.

The A's are calling the exam precautionary, but those injuries can be tricky to diagnose and can tend to linger. More should be known about his status and availability after the results are known.
Aug 24 - 5:32 PM

Sean Doolittle notched the save as the A's beat the Angels 2-1 on Saturday, but reportedly felt some side pain on his next-to-last pitch.

Oakland's second win over the Angels in two days put the two teams back into a tie for MLB's best record, but it could be a costly victory if Doolittle has to miss some time. Fortunately, he said afterwards that he doesn't think it's serious; it might have been nothing more than a cramp. His owners might want to pick up Luke Gregerson just to be safe.
Aug 24 - 12:36 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Geovany Soto
3Bryan Anderson
1B1Brandon Moss
2Stephen Vogt
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Andy Parrino
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Sam Fuld
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Adam Dunn
2John Jaso
3Kyle Blanks
4Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Sonny Gray
3Jeff Samardzija
4Scott Kazmir
5Jason Hammel
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Fernando Abad
6Dan Otero
7Jesse Chavez
8Evan Scribner
9Fernando Rodriguez
10Drew Pomeranz