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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 (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

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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

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his seventeenth save of the season on Tuesday.

Doolittle didn't allow a walk or hit and struck out one as the A's won 3-0. Doolittle wasn't even supposed to be in this position, but Jim Johnson's catastrophic failures early in the season opened the door for Doolittle, who has walked through in style. He has a 2.49 ERA and a WHIP of 0.63 to go with an impressive 70/4 K/BB ratio over 49+ innings.
Aug 6 - 2:42 AM

Sean Doolittle stemmed the tide of a five-run Astros comeback attempt to earn his 15th save in Wednesday's win.

Bob Melvin sent in the maligned Jim Johnson with a 9-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Surely, a seven-run cushion made it safe to use the former closer. But no. Johnson surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits without recording an out. By the time Oakland got out of the frame, the score was 9-7, a lead Doolittle was tasked with protecting. He fired a perfect ninth, striking out one. Doolittle is 15-for-18 in save conversions to go with a 2.70 ERA and 0.64 WHIP.
Jul 24 - 1:53 AM

Sean Doolittle got four outs for his 14th save on Sunday, closing out a win over the Mariners.

Doolittle entered with two runners on and two outs in the eighth inning, getting Kyle Seager to pop out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save. The lefty has a 2.89 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 63/2 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this year, and he enters the second half firmly entrenched as the A's closer.
Jul 13 - 9:15 PM

Sean Doolittle allowed a solo home run but closed out the Blue Jays on Sunday for his 13th save of the season.

After a long stretch of scoreless outings that led to him becoming the A's closer, Doolittle has now allowed at least one run in three of his last five appearances. The solo home run by Steve Tolleson didn't affect the outcome, though, and he set down the rest of the batters he faced to earn the save. Even with a few hiccups, Doolittle has a 2.98 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 61/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings and should continue to pitch well into the second half.
Jul 6 - 10:21 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out two in a shutout ninth inning to pick up his 12th save in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

It was a nice bounceback appearance for Doolittle, who coughed up a walkoff grand slam to Rajai Davis on Monday. He'd given up five runs over his last two outings. The lefty is now 12-for-13 in save chances and sports a 2.90 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP, and an insane 59/2 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.
Jul 3 - 11:47 PM

Sean Doolittle gave up a walkoff grand slam to Rajai Davis in the ninth inning of Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Doolittle entered the night having allowed one walk, two homers and 22 hits in 39 innings, but he gave up a walk, a homer and three hits while getting just one out in this one. Of course, everyone is allowed an off night once in a while. Unfortunately for Doolittle, it comes at a time when the All-Star rosters are close to getting chosen, and his current 2.97 ERA is a lot less attractive than his previous 2.08 mark.
Jun 30 - 11:46 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his 11th save in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Doolittle made quick work of Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda, and Anthony Recker to protect a three-run lead. The lefty is now 11-for-12 in save chances and sports a 1.95 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP, and a jaw-dropping 53/1 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.
Jun 25 - 10:47 PM

Sean Doolittle picked up his ninth save of the season Wednesday in the A's 4-2 defeat of the Rangers.

Doolittle struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. The 27-year-old left-hander boasts an absurd 48/1 K/BB ratio in 34 innings this season and has simply run away with Oakland's closer gig.
Jun 18 - 6:36 PM

Sean Doolittle slammed the door on the Orioles in the 11th inning on Friday, striking out each of the three hitters that he faced to protect a one-run advantage.

There hasn't been a better pitcher in baseball over the past five weeks, as Doolittle hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 appearances (17 1/3 innings) while posting an absolutely dominant 29/1 K/BB ratio. He looks poised to lock down the closer's job in Oakland for the foreseeable future and needs to be started in all mixed leagues.
Jun 6 - 10:54 PM

Sean Doolittle worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh save in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Doolittle has been nearly unhittable since the start of May. Wednesday's outing marked his 15th consecutive scoreless appearance. He is now 7-for-8 in save opportunities and has a 2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 39/1 K/BB ratio in 28 innings.
Jun 4 - 11:04 PM

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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
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