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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) 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

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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

Sean Doolittle has reported improvement with his ailing left shoulder after doing range of motion and strengthening exercises over the last three weeks.

It's obviously good news, though we wouldn't expect Doolittle to say anything else. The real test will come when he gets on a mound again, and it's not clear when that will happen. Doolittle had a PRP injection in hopes of combating a slight tear in his rotator cuff and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
Feb 8 - 12:42 PM

The Athletics announced Friday that Sean Doolittle is dealing with a slight tear in his rotator cuff, as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder.

The hard-throwing southpaw had a PRP injection in an attempt to alleviate the issue and at the moment isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. The recently acquired Tyler Clippard is likely to begin the season as the A's closer and has tremendous appeal for those speculating on saves in early fantasy drafts.
Jan 23 - 7:43 PM

Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 01:27:00 AM

Sean Doolittle worked two perfect innings Sunday, striking out four in an extra-innings win over the Phillies.

The A's, desperate to get a win any way they could, used Doolittle in the ninth and 10th in hopes of keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard. Doolittle obliged, retiring all six batters he faced. He then earned his second win of the season when the A's walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning. Doolittle has a dominant 2.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 87/7 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:47:00 PM

Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.

A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 02:15:00 AM

Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless 10th inning for a save against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

Doolittle hadn't had a hitter take a swing off him in three weeks, but the A's threw him right back into the closer's role and he turned in an easy nine-pitch inning to finish a 3-2 victory, which evened the crucial series ahead of Sunday's finale. Jon Lester and Chris Young will go in that one.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 01:01:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Bryan Anderson
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3Andy Parrino
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Jason Pridie
CF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
3Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Barry Zito
7Sean Nolin
8Jarrod Parker
9A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Jesse Chavez
7Evan Scribner
8R.J. Alvarez
9Taylor Thompson
10Pat Venditte
11Kevin Whelan