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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless sixth inning in the A's loss to the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon.
It was his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday evening. Doolittle didn't top 90 mph, but he looked pretty sharp in striking out two of the four batters he faced. The left-hander should move into the A's closer role after one or two more low-leverage outings. Doolittle missed the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season with a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. May 27 - 6:47 PM

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

Doolittle missed the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season with a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. He struggled a bit on his minor league rehab assignment, but the southpaw should reclaim ninth-inning duties after two or three low-leverage appearances. Doolittle needs to be owned in all standard fantasy formats.
May 26 - 5:37 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Doolittle has spent the first two months of the 2015 regular season rehabbing a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. He allowed five runs in five innings on his rehab assignment, so the A's will likely ease him back into high-leverage situations. The 28-year-old southpaw should eventually take over for Tyler Clippard at closer.
May 25 - 2:05 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday.

The A's received glowing reports from Doolittle's last rehab outing on Friday, and barring any setbacks it looks as though he will be cleared to rejoin the bullpen at some point next week. Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that he would probably be used in lower leverage situations his first couple of times out, easing the hard-throwing southpaw back into the closer's role. His return would spell the end of the fantasy value for Tyler Clippard.
May 23 - 2:30 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will pitch in a rehab assignment on Sunday.

Doolittle's working his way back from a slight tear in his rotator cuff, diagnosed in late January. He's started to pitch in minor league games at High-A Stockton and will continue on that front in a rehab appearance on Sunday. He could be ready to return by late May or early June, though the A's are likely to ease him back into the closer's role.
May 15 - 7:14 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) gave up two home runs over one inning of work Thursday in his first rehab appearance with High-A Stockton.

Mixed results for Doolittle, who struck out the first two batters on six pitches before giving up back-to-back homers. However, he was able to get the next batter to pop out to end the frame. The southpaw figures to need a handful of appearances before being activated from the disabled list and will likely be eased back into the closer role with Oakland.
May 14 - 4:24 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Thursday.

We already knew he'd begin his rehab assignment later this week, but now we have a when and where. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday that how many rehab appearances Doolittle needs would just depend on how he feels. He should return this month, although the lefty figures to be eased back into the closer role.
May 12 - 7:17 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment later this week.

He's been cleared for game action after getting through a 23-pitch, live batting practice session with no issues on Monday. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said how many rehab appearances Doolittle needs would just depend on how he feels. A return before the end of the month is likely as long as he doesn't have setbacks, although Doolittle almost surely won't regain his closer title right away.
May 11 - 7:31 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is expected to need 1-2 more live batting practice sessions before beginning a rehab assignment.

Doolittle faced hitters on Friday for the first time since being diagnosed with a left shoulder strain, throwing 15 pitches after tossing around 25 in the bullpen. He's expected to rejoin the Athletics' bullpen before the end of the month.
May 10 - 11:27 AM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will face live hitters Friday.

That's three days earlier than previously scheduled, a good sign for the lefty's recovery from a rotator cuff injury. Doolittle should be back sometime in May, barring any setbacks.
May 6 - 6:13 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will face hitters on May 11.

He'll throw two more bullpen sessions prior to that. Doolittle's recovery from a slight tear in his rotator cuff is coming along nicely and he could conceivably rejoin the Athletics' bullpen later this month. He figures to be eased back into closing duties.
May 4 - 6:34 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday morning.

He'll throw another on Sunday and then should be cleared to face live hitters. Doolittle, who's been out all year with a rotator cuff injury, probably won't be ready to return to the Oakland bullpen until mid-May. Maybe the A's will be playing a little better baseball by then. Tyler Clippard has earned just one save as the fill-in closer for Oakland.
Apr 30 - 2:11 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw 15 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Friday.

Doolittle came away from the session feeling great and said the he's using the time to work on new grips for his changeup and slider. He'll continue to build up his strength before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, with a return to the A's bullpen not likely until mid-May.
Apr 24 - 7:37 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has progressed to throwing from 105 feet.

A's manager Bob Melvin heard Doolittle "really let it go" during his recent throwing session. Doolittle still isn't throwing from a mound, one of the biggest steps he needs to take before eyeing a return, but that should come soon if he continues to feel good throwing on flat ground. A mid-May return is still likely.
Apr 15 - 7:16 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will extend his long-tossing from 75 to 90 feet on Wednesday.

Doolittle is feeling great, though the real test will be when he resumes throwing from a mound. It's not clear when that will happen. Doolittle is hoping to return in early- to mid-May.
Apr 7 - 7:11 PM

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Batters
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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