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Sean Doolittle | Relief Pitcher | #62

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/26/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Virginia
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has begun doing sock throws.
Which are basically just range-of-motion exercises with a band or an actual baseball sock. Doolittle is still at least a couple weeks away from returning to the Oakland bullpen. He has been on the disabled list since June 26 with a left shoulder strain. Jul 26 - 7:30 PM

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Sean Doolittle (shoulder) could begin playing catch next week.

Doolittle has spent the last few weeks battling a strained shoulder. While it doesn't look like he's close to returning, at least Doolittle is making progress. Ryan Dull has inherited Doolittle's role as the primary setup man for closer Ryan Madson.
Jul 16 - 2:54 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will meet with a doctor Friday night to get an idea of when he can resume throwing.

Doolittle has been out since late-June with a left shoulder strain, but he Friday that he has been feeling "much stronger" in the last five days. There's no clear timetable for his return to the A's bullpen.
Jul 15 - 6:42 PM

Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 26, with a strained left shoulder.

The oft-injured southpaw is heading back to the disabled list, though this soreness is not in the same area that troubled him in 2015. We should know more on his status after he gets his MRI results back. Doolittle compiled a 2.93 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 35/8 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings before landing on the shelf.
Jun 30 - 4:57 PM

Sean Doolittle's availability for Wednesday's game against the Giants is uncertain due to shoulder soreness.

Doolittle also dealt with a shoulder injury last season, but he said this new soreness is not in the same area as that. He could even be available to pitch against the Giants, as he is testing his arm in the bullpen to see if his shoulder will allow him to take the mound if necessary.
Jun 29 - 7:33 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are drawing trade interest in reliever Sean Doolittle.

Rosenthal notes that demand could be considerable if the Yankees decide against breaking up their three-headed monster of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Dellin Betances. The A's don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move Doolittle, as he's signed through 2019 at a reasonable rate with an affordable club option for 2020. But his contract also makes him more attractive on the trade market. Doolittle owns a 2.93 ERA and 35/8 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings this season.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 27 - 8:59 PM

Sean Doolittle notched his third save of the season Sunday in the A's 4-2 win over the Tigers.

Doolittle needed just eight pitches in a perfect ninth, retiring Nick Castellanos, Justin Upton, and Cameron Maybin in order. Athletics closer Ryan Madson worked the eighth inning Sunday against J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez, also retiring three batters in order for a perfect frame.
May 29 - 7:08 PM

Sean Doolittle gave up a solo homer after entering Friday's game with the A's down 3-2 in the ninth.

Doolittle was asked to keep it a one-run game, but he gave up Eric Hosmer's first homer of the year. His hold on the closer's role in Oakland would seem to be pretty slim, so he can't afford many little missteps like this, even if it didn't come in a save situation.
Apr 16 - 2:32 AM

Sean Doolittle blew his first save of the 2016 season, surrendering two runs on two hits in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

Doolittle entered with his squad holding a 4-3 lead and induced an Andrelton Simmons fly-out to open the ninth inning. But that would be the high point of his evening. The next batter was C.J. Cron, whom Doolittle walked. Geovany Soto then stepped up to destroy Doolittle's soul, cranking a two-run go-ahead home run. Angels closer Huston Street retired the A's in order in the bottom of the frame to finish off the Anaheim win. On the chance that Doolittle continues to struggle, A's setup man Ryan Madson makes for a worthwhile speculative waiver add.
Apr 13 - 1:40 AM

Sean Doolittle ended up with a win after coming into a tie game in the eighth inning Friday against the Mariners.

Doolittle was brought in to face Ketel Marte, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, and he worked around a leadoff walk to get through the frame. After the A's took the lead in the ninth, Ryan Madson came in to close it out, giving Doolittle the win. Doolittle is still Oakland's closer, as far as we know, but Madson looks just as good right now, opening up the possibility that manager Bob Melvin will keep playing matchups on occasion.
Apr 9 - 1:28 AM

Sean Doolittle gave up a run in an inning of work Friday against the Giants.

Doolittle also surrendered two runs last time out, and he has a 6.43 ERA this spring, though it comes with an 8/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings. He'll get to open the season as Oakland's closer, but with the way Ryan Madson is throwing, he may not have a whole lot of margin for error if he struggles.
Apr 2 - 1:31 AM

Sean Doolittle tossed a perfect inning Saturday against the Royals.

It was his first appearance since March 13 as he recovers from a triceps strain. Barring a setback, he'll open the season in the closer's role.
Mar 27 - 12:53 AM

Sean Doolittle (triceps) will next pitch in a Cactus League game.

Doolittle made it through an inning of work in a minor league game Wednesday without issue and is ready to take on major league hitters again in a competitive setting. The lefty closer has missed some action this spring with a slight triceps strain, but it looks like he is going to be fine for the beginning of the 2016 regular season.
Mar 23 - 6:14 PM

Sean Doolittle (triceps) threw 22-23 pitches in a minor league game Wednesday in A's camp.

Doolittle was able to use his entire arsenal and felt good after the one-inning outing. He did give up a run, but that's not really what's important right now. The left-handed closer is hoping to get himself on track before the opening of the regular season after battling a slight triceps strain for part of March. There's still enough time.
Mar 23 - 6:02 PM

Sean Doolittle (triceps) threw about 25 pitches off a mound Monday in A's camp.

"Awesome day," he said after the workout. "Very happy with how it went." Doolittle was diagnosed over the weekend with a slight left triceps strain, but he expects to be ready by Opening Day. The lefty closer is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday afternoon.
Mar 21 - 2:33 PM

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