Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
4 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Friday, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

EDGE Analysis

The A's top reliever has been embattled by injuries for much of the past two years, having made just 47 appearances since the start of the 2015 campaign. He's been effective when healthy this year, notching a 2.93 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP across 35 appearances. Ryan Madson has earned the closer's role for the rest of the season in all likelihood, so expect Doolittle to serve in a setup role the rest of the way.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will pitch one last rehab game Tuesday at Triple-A Nashville before being activated by the Athletics on Friday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Conveniently, this will allow the Athletics to wait for roster expansion before Doolittle makes his return to the big leagues. Expect him to pitch in a setup role down the stretch, but if he looks like his old self, Doolittle could easily put himself in the conversation for the closer's role in 2017.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) could rejoin the Athletics for their homestand that begins Friday against the Red Sox, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle indicated he "felt good" Saturday in what marked his fifth rehab appearance for Triple-A Nashville, and with rosters set to expand Sept. 1, it looks like the reliever is on track to rejoin the big club in short order. Though the Athletics have a fairly unstable closing situation, it doesn't seem likely that Doolittle will be a candidate to challenge for ninth-inning duties right away, given that shoulder soreness has kept him on the DL since late June.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will remain with Triple-A Nashville for another rehab outing, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle was originally supposed to rejoin the A's this week, but according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, he's not quite comfortable with the way the ball is coming out of his hand. The plan is now for Doolittle to rest a day or two before taking the hill once again in the minors. If he's able to tune up those mechanics, he should be able to join the team at some point during an upcoming six-game road trip.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will look to join Oakland next week after playing another rehab game, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle has pitched two shutout innings across two games on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville. Oakland's tentative plan is for him to rejoin the club during their upcoming series against the Indians, which begins Monday. Before getting hurt, Doolittle had been putting up phenomenal numbers that included a 10.3 K/9, 2.93 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 months ago

Doolittle will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The A's have circled Aug. 22 for Doolittle's return, if he makes it through three rehab appearances unscathed. He will have missed almost two months at that point, but Doolittle was pitching well before suffering the injury (2.93 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) and figures to return to a prominent back-end role upon activation.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) could start his rehab assignment next week if his throwing session Thursday goes as scheduled, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle could begin to face hitters after throwing again Thursday, after sitting out over a month with shoulder soreness. The left-hander tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday and said the session went well and he "feels great." Barring a setback during the rest of the week, Doolittle will begin his rehab assignment next week and return to the club shortly after.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle has been out the past month dealing with shoulder soreness but resumed throwing several weeks ago and has now pitched off a mound. The relief man commented that the session went extremely well and he "feels great". Following the positive news, it shouldn't be long before the 29-year-old sets out on a rehab assignment.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) is in line to toss a bullpen session this weekend, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle recently began throwing from 90 feet last week, and has progressed to the point that he will throw a bullpen this weekend. The left-hander is still a couple weeks away from a return and will need to go on a rehab assignment in the near future before returning to Oakland, barring any setbacks in the bullpen session.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 months ago

Doolittle (shoulder) was able to throw from 90 feet Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

A's manager Bob Melvin labeled Doolittle's activity as his "best day yet" of the rehab process, suggesting the lefty might soon be cleared to toss a bullpen session. He's been sidelined since late June with the strained shoulder and probably shouldn't be expected to return until mid-August, at the earliest.