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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 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

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After Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless eighth, Sean Doolittle struck out three in the ninth to finish off Thursday's 5-1 win over the Angels.

It didn't turn out to be a save situation, of course, but it's still notable that Bob Melvin arranged things so that Casilla, his presumed preferred choice in the ninth, was used to face the heart of the Angels order in the eighth in this one. Had he allowed a run then, Doolittle could have wound up with a save. We've been assuming that Doolittle is behind both Casilla and Ryan Madson in line for saves, but it looks like things are still very much up in the air.
Apr 6 - 6:37 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday.

Doolittle has been brought along slowly this spring due to his past shoulder issues, but he was cleared for game action after getting through a 25-pitch live batting practice session Saturday. The left-hander will likely begin the campaign in a setup role but is a threat to possibly nab some saves if he can stay healthy.
Mar 12 - 1:20 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw 25 pitches to hitters on Saturday.

Doolittle made it through the session without any issues. The next step will likely be for him to get into Cactus League games, perhaps as soon as early next week. Doolittle is expected to work in a setup role in front of closer Ryan Madson to begin the season.
Mar 11 - 2:38 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is slated to face hitters on Wednesday.

The Athletics are easing Doolittle into things this spring given his injury history, but he's getting closer to game action. The 30-year-old posted a 3.23 ERA and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 39 innings last season and is part of a crowded closer situation in Oakland.
Mar 8 - 11:24 AM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday without any issues.

The A's are bringing the southpaw along slowly this spring due to the injury issues he has had the past few seasons. He'll be competing for save chances this spring with Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla and John Axford.
Feb 24 - 8:46 PM

Sean Doolittle plans to throw his first bullpen session on Saturday or Sunday.

The A's are bringing Doolittle along slowly this spring, but he shouldn't need much work to get ready for the season. The 30-year-old dealt with injuries again last season while putting up a 3.23 ERA and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He's in the mix for the A's closer role along with Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla, and John Axford. It's a messy situation for fantasy owners.
Feb 21 - 10:51 AM

Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list.

Doolittle has been sidelined since the end of June with a shoulder strain. He'll return to a setup role and could see the occasional save chance should manager Bob Melvin play matchups.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 03:25:00 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is tentatively expected to rejoin the Athletics on Friday.

Doolittle has been out since the end of June with a shoulder strain, but he owns a 1.80 ERA and 8/1 K/BB ratio over five innings during a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville. He's slated to make one final appearance on Tuesday before rejoining the major league roster.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) was not able to make his scheduled appearance Friday for Triple-A Nashville.

Doolittle's shoulder is acting up again, though it looks like the decision to scratch him was precautionary. The A's are calling him day-to-day. Doolittle hasn't pitched for Oakland since late June. He'll fill a setup role when he's ready to return.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will make one more rehab appearance Thursday with Triple-A Nashville.

Doolittle worked a scoreless inning on just 10 pitches Tuesday versus the Triple-A affiliate of the Royals and now has a 2.25 ERA through four rehab appearances. The left-hander should be activated over the weekend.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 07:24:00 PM

Sean Doolittle's (shoulder) rehab assignment will be extended for at least one more appearance.

Doolittle hasn't had a setback, but he's not liking the way the ball is coming out of his hand. He'll make another appearance in a day or two and hopefully be activated later this week.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:44:00 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

He'll make three appearances before joining the club sometime next week. August 22 has already been circled as Doolittle's tentative return date. The former All-Star has been plagued by shoulder injuries the last two seasons. Doolittle began the year as Oakland's closer but quickly lost the job to Ryan Madson.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 07:33:00 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will face hitters on Friday.

Doolittle is a bit ahead of schedule as he works his way back from a strained left shoulder. He could be ready to begin a rehab assignment if Friday's throwing session goes well.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 02:31:00 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

The next step could be a simulated appearance, which is typically the final step before a minor league rehab assignment. Doolittle has been on the disabled list since June 26 because of a left shoulder strain. He could be back in the A's bullpen in two weeks.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 09:13:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ryon Healy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Adam Rosales
3Joe Wendle
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Khris Davis
CF1Rajai Davis
2Jake Smolinski
RF1Matt Joyce
2Ryan LaMarre
DH1Yonder Alonso
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Jharel Cotton
5Andrew Triggs
6Jesse Hahn
7Daniel Mengden
8Chris Bassitt
9Cesar Valdez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sean Doolittle
3Ryan Madson
4Ryan Dull
5John Axford
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Frankie Montas
9Cesar Valdez