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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. 0) / OAK
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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

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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

Sean Doolittle has been diagnosed with a slight left triceps strain.

Doolittle will throw on flat ground Sunday and if that goes well he'll get back on a mound Monday, so this could just be a minor setback. The A's think he should still be on track to be ready on Opening Day, provided he can avoid any setbacks. Of course, that's hardly a given considering his arm issues since the beginning of last season.
Mar 20 - 1:53 PM

Sean Doolittle allowed one run on three hits in his one inning of work Friday against the Rockies.

He also notched a strikeout. Doolittle was limited to just 12 appearances last season due to shoulder issues, but he’s back to full health now and has claimed to be in the Best Shape of His Life. The Athletics intend to use him as their closer in 2016, though they now have Ryan Madson as some late-inning insurance.
Mar 4 - 7:17 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Max Muncy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Eric Sogard
3Arismendy Alcantara
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Khris Davis
2Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Coco Crisp
3Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Chris Bassitt
4Rich Hill
5Felix Doubront
6Henderson Alvarez
7Sean Manaea
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Fernando Rodriguez
7Ryan Dull
8Jarrod Parker