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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher | #62

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Virginia
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / OAK
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Sean Doolittle announced at Athletics' Fan Fest on Sunday that he's fully healthy and will enter spring training without any restrictions.
The hard-throwing southpaw has already been given a vote of confidence for the A's ninth-inning role despite the offseason acquisitions of Ryan Madson and John Axford. Doolittle owns a stellar 3.04 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 224/37 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 career major league innings. Jan 24 - 10:48 PM

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Athletics general manager David Forst clarified Sunday that Sean Doolittle remains the team's closer heading into the 2016 season.

After the free agent acquisitions of Ryan Madson and John Axford, there had been some speculation that the ninth-inning gig could be up for grabs, but Forst quickly shut down those rumors. He did elaborate, though, on the importance of having other guys who have the ability to close due to Doolittle's injury history.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 09:33:00 PM

Sean Doolittle gave up a run in 1 2/3 innings, but got his third save as the Athletics edged the Angels 8-7 on Wednesday.

Doolittle got two ground outs to end the eighth inning, but allowed a solo home run to Kole Calhoun to begin the ninth, making it an 8-7 game. He was able to work around a no-out walk of Mike Trout and a two-out David Freese single to end the game. In 10 appearances since returning from the disabled list in late August, Doolittle has a 4.63 ERA and an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 11:11:00 PM

Sean Doolittle got four outs Friday against the Giants for his second save of the year.

Doolittle came into a 5-3 game in the eighth and allowed an inherited runner to score before stranding the bases loaded. Even though he was a little shaky that frame, the A's kept him in for the ninth, and he retired the Giants in order. Since he threw 38 pitches in the outing, he certainly won't be available Saturday and perhaps not Sunday, either. Ryan Dull might be a candidate for saves should opportunities arise.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 01:20:00 AM

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth in a one-run game for his first save of the year Monday against the Astros.

Doolittle couldn't have had a much tougher opportunity in his first chance to close; he was lined up to face Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Carlos Gomez in the 10-9 game. However, he got the first two to pop up and then struck out Gomez. Best of all, he did that on just five pitches. Expect him to get Oakland's next save chance, too.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 09:20:00 PM

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.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 11:22:00 AM

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
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 11:07:00 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.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 04:44:00 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.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 05:39:00 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.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 10:01:00 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.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 02:49:00 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.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 12:08:00 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.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 12:19:00 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."
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 11:51:00 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.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 07:25:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Max Muncy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Coco Crisp
2Khris Davis
3Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Andrew Lambo
3Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Jesse Hahn
3Chris Bassitt
4Rich Hill
5Henderson Alvarez
6Kendall Graveman
7Jarrod Parker
8Sean Nolin
9Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Fernando Rodriguez
6Marc Rzepczynski
7Ryan Dull
8R.J. Alvarez
9Aaron Brooks