Sean Doolittle RP OAK 20 hours ago

Doolittle threw 15 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Doolittle continues to work his way back from a shoulder issue, and is apparently working on new grips for both his changeup and slider. It's unclear what role he would serve when returning to the bullpen, but he could be in competition for saves if Tyler Clippard were to falter.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 7 days ago

Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled for his first flat-ground throwing session Friday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Doolittle has been playing catch on flat ground, recently extending out to 120 feet without issue, but he will move it in and throw his fastball to a catcher next week. It's an important step for the left-hander, but manager Bob Melvin indicated last week that Doolittle may not make it back until late May.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 week ago

Doolittle (shoulder) tossed the ball up to 120 feet Tuesday, Joe Stiglich of CSN reports.

Doolittle was placed on the 15-day DL April 1, but it is still not known when he will come back and pitch. Tossing the ball is a sign of progress towards being back on the mound, but it's no guarantee that if and when he comes back, he will have a major role in the Athletics' bullpen. In the meantime, Tyler Clippard (2.25 ERA, three hits, one run in four innings of play) has taken over the closer position for the Athletics.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Manager Bob Melvin indicated Sunday that Doolittle's (shoulder) return may be slated for late May, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Doolittle will pitch from a mound Sunday, but appears to be over a month from a potential return to the bullpen. Tyler Clippard will likely continue in the closer duties while he's on the shelf, and there's no guarantee Doolittle will return to the role when he does rejoin the bullpen.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will increase his throwing distance from 75 feet to 90 feet when he plays catch Wednesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Less than two weeks ago, Doolittle was still restricted to sock throws, but he resumed throwing actual baseballs last Thursday and is already set to increase the distance of his long toss. He will continue to gradually increase his distance in anticipation of returning to a mound. The lefty appears on track to return by late April or early May.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) was

officially placed

on the 15-Day DL on Saturday.

Doolittle continues to progress in his should rehab and has started to throw long toss. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to join the team in late April or early May.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will throw long toss from 75 feet Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Doolittle has been making good progress after suffering a slight tear in his left rotator cuff in January as he resumed throwing last week without incident. He's still unlikely to rejoin the team until the end of April -- with Tyler Clippard filling in at closer in that span -- but it's still an encouraging step in the rehab process.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) said he will begin playing catch Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This is a big step in Doolittle's progression, as he has thus far been limited to sock throws since getting a platelet-rich injection in January. He hopes to join the A's by late April, but it won't be surprising if he isn't ready until May. Tyler Clippard still figures to work as the closer until Doolittle is ready.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) went through another "two innings" of sock throws Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin believes he might begin playing catch by the end of the week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Doolittle continues to rehab his shoulder following a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. While he'll likely begin the season on the disabled list, but appears to be progressing well and could be on track to rejoin the team in late April.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) performed sock throws on Monday, taking another step in the rehab process,

reports Joe Stiglich of CSN California.

Doolittle has not thrown actual baseballs yet, but is progressing well on his shoulder rehab. There will be more concrete information available once he gets to throwing on the mound, but it still appears that he is scheduled to be back with the team in late April.