Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Oakland A's relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, who has pitched in just one game this year because of a shoulder injury, was activated from the 60-day disabled list Saturday, according to CSN Bay Area. Doolittle threw the ball well during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville, sporting a fastball that was clocked at 93 miles per hour while notching 13 strikeouts in six innings. Doolittle was expected to reprise his closer role season, and manager Bob Melvin said he hopes to have Doolittle back in the ninth inning at some point. The A's, though, will work him back gradually, Melvins said. "I want him to close," Melvin said. "I'm not sure we'll have him do that the first time out, but I want him to close." Drew Pomeranz could see opportunities in the ninth inning before Doolittle returns to the closer's role.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is nearing a return from a shoulder injury, according to the Bay Area News Group. Doolittle struck out the side in a rehab appearance Thursday, showing sustained 93-mile-per hour-velocity, and though he remains without a clear activation date, his return seems imminent.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend as he recovers from a left shoulder strain, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Doolittle completed a simulated game Tuesday, which reportedly went well, and barring any setbacks will be cleared for a minor league assignment. He has been limited to only one appearance this season due to separate shoulder strains. Upon his return, he could push Edward Mujica for ninth inning responsibilities. Mujica just inherited the closer job following the trade of Tyler Clippard last week. Doolittle saved 22 games last year for the A's in 61 appearances, posting a 2.73 ERA and 0.73 WHIP over 62.2 innings while striking out 89. Doolittle struck out 60 in each of his first two seasons as a set-up man, posting an ERA of 3.13 or lower and a WHIP of 1.08 or lower.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle, on the disabled list since late May with shoulder inflammation, threw 26 pitches off a mound Thursday, according to CSN California. Doolittle had not thrown off of a mound since landing on the disabled list.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 month ago

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle will throw from flat ground on Saturday as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury, according to MLB.com. Doolittle is on track to throw a bullpen session later in the month with an eye on returning in mid-to-late August.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) threw from 75 feet Thursday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

After successfully throwing from 60 feet earlier in the week, Doolittle extended his distance out 15 feet Thursday and felt good, according to manager Bob Melvin. It's an encouraging step forward, but Doolittle will likely have to at least double his current long-toss distance before moving it back in for flat-ground sessions and ultimately mound work.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) played catch from 60 feet on Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Tuesday marks the first time Doolittle has thrown from 60 feet since landing back on the DL at the end of May. While this is a step in the right direction for Doolittle, he will need to ramp up his activity before he gets close to being activated from the disabled list.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 months ago

Doolittle was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday, CSN California's Joe Stiglich reports.

This rules him out for almost all of July, and opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for A.J. Griffin, who was activated from the 60-day DL on Saturday. Tyler Clippard remains the A's closer going forward.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday.

It's a strain of the left shoulder that's forced Doolittle back onto the DL after a lone appearance against Detroit earlier in the week. Doolittle, who missed most of the first two months with a slight rotator cuff tear, was replaced on the active roster by Angel Castro.

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Doolittle made his 2015 debut on Wednesday, throwing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.

The results were good, but Doolittle did not look like the same pitcher on the mound. Doolittle's fastball was topping out at 89 mph on the CSN California radar gun (a far cry from his average fastball velocity of 94 mph in 2014) and he was mixing in more off-speed pitches than usual. He has mentioned that his rehab is still in process and this is still like spring training for him which could be the explanation for the drop on velocity. The velocity is definitely worth monitoring in his next few appearances as he tries to regain his closer role.