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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
Contract: view contract details

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Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will throw a simulated game this week.
It's expected to be his final step before beginning a rehab assignment. Doolittle should need more than a few rehab outings given that he's been limited to just one appearance this season. Aug 2 - 2:49 PM

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Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

He's expected to either throw live batting practice or a simulated game next in what could be his last step before a rehab assignment. Doolittle could rejoin the Athletics' bullpen in mid- to late-August if all goes well. It's possible he'll get his closer job back with Tyler Clippard no longer around, though that's probably a ways down the road.
Aug 2 - 12:08 PM

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

He's on track to begin bullpen work before the end of July and hold out hope that he'll be able to rejoin the Athletics bullpen before the end of the season. He has been limited to just one appearance out of the A's bullpen this season due to shoulder issues.
Jul 25 - 12:19 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is confident that he'll make it back to the A's bullpen this season.

Doolittle has made just one appearance this season due to two separate shoulder strains, but he'll resume throwing flat-ground sessions next week and believes he can be a contributor down the stretch. "I've been working so hard to get back. I have my mind set on pitching this year," Doolittle said Wednesday. "Obviously we’re going to be smart with it. But it looks like there’s a really good chance I’ll be pitching this year."
Jul 23 - 11:51 AM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) could resume throwing off a mound by the end of the month.

The left-hander is currently long-tossing from 105 feet and is almost ready to take the next step. Doolittle has been limited to just one appearance this season due to shoulder issues.
Jul 21 - 7:25 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) played catch from 60-feet on Monday.

This was expected as he works his way back from a strained left shoulder. Doolittle been stuck on the DL for most of the season. He made one appearance on May 27 before hitting the disabled list for a second time. If all goes well in his rehab, a return in late July or early August is on the table.
Jul 7 - 5:22 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) said he expects to start playing catch toward the end of next week.

Doolittle continues to recover from a strained left shoulder. The southpaw has made just one appearance this season between disabled list stints. He won't be eligible to return until late July.
Jul 1 - 10:00 PM

Athletics transferred LHP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list.

The A's needed to make room for A.J. Griffin, who is close to coming back from Tommy John surgery. Doolittle made one appearance on May 27 before landing back on the disabled list. It's beginning to look like the 29-year-old might not pitch again this year.
Jun 13 - 8:45 PM

An MRI on Sean Doolittle's injured shoulder revealed no structural damage.

He's mostly dealing with inflammation. There's no timetable for his return. With the A's in last place in the division, there's no rush to bring Doolittle back before he's ready. Tyler Clippard will continue to close for Oakland.
May 30 - 9:13 PM

Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list.

You could see the writing on the wall after Doolittle missed fielding practice on Saturday. His velocity was way down Wednesday and it's clear he's still battling a nagging shoulder injury. Oakland recalled RHP Angel Castro from Triple-A Nashville in the corresponding roster move.
May 30 - 5:30 PM

Sean Doolittle did not participate in Saturday's fielding practice and could be headed back to the disabled list.

Doolittle looked uncomfortable playing catch Friday and topped out at 89 mph Wednesday in his return from the disabled list. The rotator cuff injury that kept him out for the first eight weeks of the season might still be bothering him. Tyler Clippard will remain the closer while Doolittle works through his injury.
May 30 - 5:08 PM

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

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

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