Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 days 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 week 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 2 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 2 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.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 months ago

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.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 months ago

Doolittle has officially been activated from the disabled list, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

As expected, Doolittle will come off the DL Tuesday after a successful throwing session Sunday. While Doolittle won't immediately take over as the closer, he figures to reclaim the role at some point down the road.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will be activated off the disabled list Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Doolittle's potential return Tuesday was first reported Saturday, but now it can be returned. He was due to be evaluated again Monday after throwing Sunday, and apparently the prognosis was good. He'll rejoin the Athletics bullpen Tuesday, but isn't slated to serve as the closer initially. However, he's expected to retake the role at some point.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will not be activated from the DL until Tuesday at the earliest, the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey reports.

Doolittle said Saturday that he feels as good as he has since the injury. He topped out at around 90 mph in Friday's rehab appearance and will throw again Sunday before being reevaluated Monday. Manager Bob Melvin said Doolittle would not immediately take over the closer role when he rejoins the team, but said the team needs him there when he is ready. Continue to follow the situation heading into next week.