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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 (shoulder) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday morning.
He'll throw another on Sunday and then should be cleared to face live hitters. Doolittle, who's been out all year with a rotator cuff injury, probably won't be ready to return to the Oakland bullpen until mid-May. Maybe the A's will be playing a little better baseball by then. Tyler Clippard has earned just one save as the fill-in closer for Oakland. Apr 30 - 2:11 PM

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Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw 15 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Friday.

Doolittle came away from the session feeling great and said the he's using the time to work on new grips for his changeup and slider. He'll continue to build up his strength before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, with a return to the A's bullpen not likely until mid-May.
Apr 24 - 7:37 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has progressed to throwing from 105 feet.

A's manager Bob Melvin heard Doolittle "really let it go" during his recent throwing session. Doolittle still isn't throwing from a mound, one of the biggest steps he needs to take before eyeing a return, but that should come soon if he continues to feel good throwing on flat ground. A mid-May return is still likely.
Apr 15 - 7:16 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will extend his long-tossing from 75 to 90 feet on Wednesday.

Doolittle is feeling great, though the real test will be when he resumes throwing from a mound. It's not clear when that will happen. Doolittle is hoping to return in early- to mid-May.
Apr 7 - 7:11 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) said Monday that he expects to miss the first "month or month and a half" of the season.

Doolittle added that his shoulder is feeling stronger than it ever has before. The left-hander is coming back from a slight tear in his rotator cuff and resumed playing catch a little over a week ago. It's not clear at this point when he'll begin throwing off a mound.
Apr 6 - 6:25 PM

Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff.

Doolittle's rehabbing from a slight tear in his rotator cuff, diagnosed in late January. He's participated in sock throw drills and has begun playing catch. If there are no set-backs, he could see field action in mid-to-late April, with the hope being that he could return in early May.
Apr 4 - 7:47 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is set to begin playing catch Friday.

It will be a big step for Doolittle, who was diagnosed with a slight tear in his rotator cuff back about two months ago. If he continues to make progress, a return in early May is realistic.
Mar 26 - 5:46 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) could begin playing catch by the end of this week.

Doolittle is rehabbing a slight tear in his rotator cuff and has been focused on sock throws in recent days. The A's are pleased with his progress and he appears on track to return around the start of May.
Mar 25 - 12:39 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) did sock throws Monday.

It's a light range-of-motion exercise and Doolittle reported no issues during or after the workout. The left-handed closer is rehabbing a slight tear in his rotator cuff. He's expected to join the Athletics' bullpen around the beginning of May.
Mar 23 - 12:24 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will begin throwing ragballs next week.

He’s been throwing weighted balls to a trampoline in the Athletics’ training room to this point. Doolittle hasn’t had any setbacks as he rehabs a slight tear in his rotator cuff, but he doesn’t appear close to throwing off a mound. The A’s are hopeful that he’ll be ready at the beginning of May.
Mar 17 - 10:46 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's getting closer to throwing.

Doolittle was diagnosed in January with a slight tear in his rotator cuff as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder. He received a PRP injection at the time and is currently focused on strengthening exercises. The A's are hopeful he'll be ready at some point in April, but it all depends on how he progresses.
Mar 17 - 12:31 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing.

Doolittle remains relegated to strengthening exercises as he rehabs a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. The A's are hoping their closer will be ready at some point in April, but obviously the longer it is until he resumes throwing, the less likely it will be that he's available that soon.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Mar 6 - 3:04 PM

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

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

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3B1Brett Lawrie
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CF1Sam Fuld
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RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
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S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Jesse Chavez
6Jarrod Parker
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6R.J. Alvarez
7Evan Scribner
8Chris Bassitt
9Chad Smith
10Taylor Thompson