Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 hours ago1 Comment

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 1 day 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 days 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 4 days 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.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 week ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will make his next rehab appearance Friday with Triple-A Nashville, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

Doolittle will advance another step in his recovery period and take on Triple-A hitters. It's not clear how many more rehab outings he will need before he is activated, but he will rejoin the big club later this month or by the middle of next month barring any setbacks.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 1 week ago

Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch at Double-A Midland on Tuesday, John Hickey of Bay Area News Group reports.

Doolittle continues to work back from a slight rotator cuff tear, and he remains on track to return to the Oakland bullpen near the end of the month, barring a setback over the next couple of weeks.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will make his next rehab appearance Sunday at High-A Stockton, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

In his first rehab game Thursday, Doolittle struck out a pair while allowing a pair of solo home runs. It's expected that he'll be ready to return to the Oakland bullpen by the end of May.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Doolittle will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on Thursday, reports John Hickey of Bay Area News Group.

Doolittle has looked good in his rehab work to date and will now test his shoulder in game action. Once Doolittle is ready to join the A's, it is expected that he will be the A's closer soon after his activation.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) is ready to begin a rehab assignment, Joe Stiglich of CSN reports.

After making it through a live batting practice session Monday, Doolittle will begin a rehab stint, though manager Bob Melvin said he's unsure where Doolittle will be sent. He also noted that he doesn't know how many rehab appearances Doolittle will make, but it's possible the reliever could be back with the A's before the end of May.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 2 weeks ago

The Athletics confirmed that Doolittle will face hitters again Monday, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

Doolittle faced hitters for the first time Friday, and is expected to increase his pitch count in his second time around. After Monday's session, the Athletics might have a better gauge of when Doolittle will be ready to head out on a rehab assignment.