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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher | #62

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Virginia
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / OAK
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Sean Doolittle struck out three batters and worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Yankees on Saturday.
With regular closer Santiago Casilla having pitched in the last two games it was Doolittle who was trusted with the opportunity on Saturday. It was his second save of the season. This is a good indication that if the shaky Casilla ever gets removed from the closer role it could be Doolittle and not Ryan Madson (who worked a scoreless eighth inning today) who takes over the job. Doolittle has a 2.53 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings of work. Jun 17 - 8:00 PM

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Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 10-day disabled list.

Doolittle will be available out of the Oakland bullpen on Saturday against the Rays after missing over a month with a shoulder strain. The left-handed setup man worked a perfect inning as part of a combined no-hitter in his final rehab appearance Wednesday with Triple-A Nashville.
Jun 10 - 11:28 AM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) worked a perfect rehab inning as part of a combined no-hitter Wednesday at Triple-A Nashville.

That's one way to cap off a minor league rehab assignment. Doolittle is expected to return to the Oakland bullpen for the start of a four-game series Friday at Tampa Bay. The left-handed setup man has been on the disabled list since May 3 because of a shoulder strain.
Jun 8 - 9:20 AM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will make one more rehab appearance on Wednesday.

If it goes well, he should be added back to the Athletics' active roster this weekend. Doolittle struck out all three batters he faced on Monday at High-A Stockton and he pitched a hitless innings in his rehab debut last Friday. The lefty reliever has been on the disabled list since May 3 because of a shoulder strain.
Jun 6 - 7:34 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to make another rehab appearance with High-A Stockton on Sunday or Monday.

The left-hander threw 18 pitches in his first minor league rehab appearance on Friday. Barring any setbacks, he could rejoin the A's bullpen before the end of next week.
Jun 3 - 2:15 PM

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

Doolittle is expected to throw one inning in his initial rehab game. He had been working in extended spring training without issue. The southpaw has been on the shelf since May 3 due to a left shoulder strain. He could potentially return at some point next week assuming he has no issues with his rehab stint.
May 31 - 4:25 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) faced six batters at extended spring training on Tuesday.

Doolittle struck out four of them, needing just 19 pitches to get through his two simulated innings. He should now be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. The lefty reliever has been on the disabled list since May 3 with a left shoulder strain.
May 30 - 4:11 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will throw 20 pitches to hitters in extended spring training on Tuesday.

Doolittle would presumably move on to a minor league rehab assignment from there. The southpaw has been out since early May with a left shoulder strain.
May 29 - 2:36 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) had a successful 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

He'll up it to 25 pitches in another bullpen session Wednesday. Doolittle would figure to need a rehab appearance or two before being activated, but he's making nice progress.
May 21 - 2:35 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) had a successful throwing session off of flat ground on Friday.

The next step in his recovery will be to throw a bullpen session off of a mound at some point in the middle of next week. There's still no clear timetable for his return to the A's, but he's making tangible strides in the right direction.
May 20 - 1:48 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will throw off flat ground this weekend.

He'll throw on either Saturday or Sunday and should be ready to resume mound work sometime next week. Doolittle has been battling shoulder issues off and on for the past two seasons. When healthy, he'll return to a setup role ahead of closer Santiago Casilla.
May 18 - 7:31 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) began performing sock throws Monday.

It's the first step in the recovery process as Doolittle works his way back from more shoulder issues. There's no timetable for his return.
May 15 - 8:26 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled for an MRI.

Doolittle hit the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on Wednesday. According to general manager David Forst, the southpaw reliever is additionally experiencing pectoral and biceps discomfort. His MRI should provide some clarity as to a potential timetable for recovery. Prior to going down injured, Doolittle had posted a 3.52 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 11/1 K/BB ratio across 7 2/3 frames of relief work.
May 3 - 6:17 PM

Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

It's yet another shoulder problem for the 30-year-old reliever, who missed a large chunk of the 2016 season with a similar issue. Doolittle had a promising 3.52 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 11/1 K/BB ratio through 7 2/3 innings this season out of the Oakland bullpen.
May 3 - 3:38 PM

Sean Doolittle earned his first save of the season with three strikeouts Monday in the A's win over the Royals.

Santiago Casilla racked up three strikeouts of his own in a scoreless eighth inning. Doolittle got the call in the ninth because the Royals had a stack of left-handed batters due up. It looks like the Oakland closer situation will indeed remain fluid, with Casilla, Doolittle, Ryan Madson, and even Ryan Dull all factoring into the mix.
Apr 10 - 7:18 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Josh Phegley
2Bruce Maxwell
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Adam Rosales
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3B1Matt Chapman
LF1Khris Davis
CF1Rajai Davis
2Jaycob Brugman
3Jake Smolinski
RF1Matt Joyce
2Matt Olson
DH1Ryon Healy
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Andrew Triggs
5Jesse Hahn
6Jharel Cotton
7Chris Bassitt
8Daniel Gossett
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sean Doolittle
3Ryan Madson
4Ryan Dull
5John Axford
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Michael Brady
9Bobby Wahl
10Josh Smith