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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 charged with two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Rays.
It was his first outing since May 27 and he did not look sharp. A's manager suggested Saturday morning that Doolittle might be able to earn back his old closer gig, but he'll have to string together several good appearances before that happens. Drew Pomeranz seems to be the guy to own right now in Oakland, though he blew a save on Saturday. Aug 24 - 11:22 AM

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that he expects Sean Doolittle to get his closer job back.

"Whether it’s put him right in there or give him a lesser role to start, we’ll see," Melvin said. "Well, that’s what he does. So as long as he’s healthy and feels good, we’ll get him back there at some point." With Edward Mujica struggling and Drew Pomeranz having blown a save on Saturday, Doolittle could return to the ninth inning in short order. He's missed almost all of the season with a shoulder issue, but started to see his velocity creep back up in his last handful of rehab outings. Fantasy owners will want to go ahead and scoop Doolittle up if he's available.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Aug 23 - 11:07 AM

Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 60-day disabled list.

He's missed the last three months with a shoulder injury. Doolittle looked sharp during his five-game rehab assignment, recording a 1.80 ERA with 10 strikeouts in only five innings of work. It shouldn't be long until Doolittle overtakes Edward Mujica for the closer's role, though the struggling A's haven't provided many save opportunities this year.
Aug 22 - 4:44 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will make two more rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list.

He's not expected to rejoin the A's until their road trip next week. Doolittle has pitched well on his latest rehab assignment, allowing one run while striking out seven over four innings. His velocity is reportedly starting to come back a bit, although he's been more in the low-90s than the mid-90s that we're used to seeing. It's possible Doolittle will eventually regain his closer role, although that probably wouldn't happen for a while.
Aug 17 - 5:39 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) worked a perfect inning in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton on Friday.

The southpaw needed just nine pitches to complete his inning of work, seven of those going for strikes. He'll continue to build up his stamina in the minor leagues before joining the A's bullpen later in the month.
Aug 8 - 10:01 AM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Carson Blair
1B1Ike Davis
2B1Brett Lawrie
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Coco Crisp
2Mark Canha
3Jason Pridie
CF1Billy Burns
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Jesse Hahn
3Jesse Chavez
4Kendall Graveman
5Jarrod Parker
6Chris Bassitt
7Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Drew Pomeranz
3Fernando Rodriguez
4Edward Mujica
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Pat Venditte
8R.J. Alvarez
9Ryan Dull
10Arnold Leon
11Cody Martin
12Dan Otero