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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 was encouraged by strength tests on his left shoulder Saturday.
Doolittle still isn't cleared to begin throwing, but the encouraging results could open the door for him to start throwing in the next week or two. The southpaw likely won't be ready for the start of the season, but assuming things continue to progress he should be ready to return sometime in April. Until then, Tyler Clippard will likely serve as the Athletics' closer. Feb 28 - 9:32 PM

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An ultrasound taken last week on Sean Doolittle's left shoulder showed significant healing.

He's currently doing strengthening exercises and should be cleared for throwing in a couple of weeks. Doolittle was diagnosed in late January with a slight tear in his rotator cuff and probably won't be ready to take over as the Athletics' closer until mid-to-late April. Tyler Clippard figures to be the primary fill-in until then.
Feb 19 - 11:55 AM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the "general consensus" is that Sean Doolittle (shoulder) isn't expect to miss much time at the start of the season.

The A's haven't set a timetable for Doolittle's return and will proceed cautiously with the reliever, but it sounds like he'll probably return at some point in April. The left-hander has a slight tear in his rotator cuff and is currently limited to range of motion and strengthening exercises. Tyler Clippard figures to fill in at closer for the A's until Doolittle is ready.
Feb 8 - 1:25 PM

Sean Doolittle has reported improvement with his ailing left shoulder after doing range of motion and strengthening exercises over the last three weeks.

It's obviously good news, though we wouldn't expect Doolittle to say anything else. The real test will come when he gets on a mound again, and it's not clear when that will happen. Doolittle had a PRP injection in hopes of combating a slight tear in his rotator cuff and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
Feb 8 - 12:42 PM

The Athletics announced Friday that Sean Doolittle is dealing with a slight tear in his rotator cuff, as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder.

The hard-throwing southpaw had a PRP injection in an attempt to alleviate the issue and at the moment isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. The recently acquired Tyler Clippard is likely to begin the season as the A's closer and has tremendous appeal for those speculating on saves in early fantasy drafts.
Jan 23 - 7:43 PM

Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 01:27:00 AM

Sean Doolittle worked two perfect innings Sunday, striking out four in an extra-innings win over the Phillies.

The A's, desperate to get a win any way they could, used Doolittle in the ninth and 10th in hopes of keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard. Doolittle obliged, retiring all six batters he faced. He then earned his second win of the season when the A's walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning. Doolittle has a dominant 2.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 87/7 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:47:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 02:15:00 AM

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.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 01:01:00 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.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 01:37:00 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.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12:40:00 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.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 06:12:00 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.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 05:29:00 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.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 10:00:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 02:18:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Bryan Anderson
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3Andy Parrino
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Renato Nunez
3Alden Carrithers
LF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
3Jason Pridie
CF1Coco Crisp
2Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
2Alex Hassan
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Chris Bassitt
7Sean Nolin
8Jarrod Parker
9A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Ryan Cook
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Dan Otero
6Fernando Abad
7Jesse Chavez
8Evan Scribner
9R.J. Alvarez
10Brad Mills
11Kevin Whelan
12Eury de la Rosa
13Taylor Thompson
14Fernando Rodriguez