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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 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. Oct 1 - 1:27 AM

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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.
Sep 21 - 9:47 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.
Sep 18 - 2:15 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.
Sep 14 - 1:01 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.
Sep 12 - 1:37 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.
Sep 11 - 12:40 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.
Sep 10 - 6:12 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.
Sep 8 - 5:29 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.
Sep 7 - 10:00 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.
Sep 6 - 2:18 PM

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

A's manager Bob Melvin wants his closer to throw at least one bullpen session before returning to the team, but it sounds as though he's making tangible progress in his recovery. Expect to see him back in the fold at some point next week.
Sep 5 - 7:11 PM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) played catch from 90 feet Tuesday.

It's the first time he's thrown since going on the disabled list. Doolittle noted Tuesday that his rehab is coming along well, but he didn't offer a timetable for his return. The A's had indicated previously that they hoped to get him back in mid-September.
Sep 2 - 6:50 PM

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

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

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