15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 week ago

Doolittle (shoulder) could start throwing next week, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

EDGE Analysis

Once he starts throwing, it won't take long before he is ready to rejoin the big league club. He could head out on a brief rehab assignment and be back before the end of the month if everything goes according to plan. Ryan Madson retains a hold on the closer's role, although Doolittle had outpitched him prior to the injury. If he returns to form, he could notch a handful of saves before the end of the season if Madson falters.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Doolittle's MRI showed inflammation in the front of his shoulder and "subtle changes" in his labrum, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

EDGE Analysis

This is concerning news for Doolittle and the A's considering that he missed almost all of 2015 with left shoulder issues. Doolittle indicated that the A's trainers were optimistic and that the injury can be treated with rest and treatment. There is no specific timetable for his return, but one would assume the A's will be quite cautious about getting Doolittle right considering how last year went and the fact that they are currently nine games under .500 on the season.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) was placed on the DL Thursday with left shoulder soreness.

EDGE Analysis

Following Tuesday's game where the Giants put eight runs on the board by the sixth inning, Doolittle was noticeably unavailable out of the bullpen. On two-days rest, Doolittle would normally be good to go, but it turns out that shoulder soreness kept him from seeing mound time in that game. The 29-year-old was sidelined for much of the 2015 season with a shoulder injury but he claims that this one is not as serious and is actually in a different spot. Pending any unexpected negative news, Doolittle should have a normal 15-day stay on the DL and return early after the All-Star break.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, but still recorded his fourth save.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan Madson pitched the eighth inning in this one while Doolittle was tasked with the ninth, but predicting the way this role will break out has proven awfully difficult -- after all, Doolittle pitched the seventh in his last appearance. Although Madson's blown three saves, he still hasn't given the A's much to complain about on the whole, so it doesn't seem likely that Doolittle is actually making inroads on the ninth-inning role. Of course, there's quite a lot of uncertainty here.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 months ago

Doolittle pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout Sunday against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old lefty picked up his third save in four opportunities, his first one since April 20. Doolittle hasn't allowed hits in three of his last four outings, and he will remain as a late-inning option as long as he maintains this level of consistency.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 months ago

Doolittle struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning against Seattle on Tuesday. He earned a hold.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle now holds a 1.93 ERA over his last 14 innings of work along with an impressive 0.86 WHIP. He's also struck out 18 batters during that span giving him a 10.7 K/9 on the season. The 29-year-old's solid production has earned him plenty of work in late-inning situations as he is now tied with John Axford for the team-lead in holds with six. While the lefty's role in currently reserved primarily for seventh and eighth inning situations, he would be a likely candidate to take over closing duties if Ryan Madson were to lose the job.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 months ago

Doolittle threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts Tuesday night against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle was sitting 94-95 mph on his fastball and even touched 96 mph during his outing on Tuesday. His fastball seemed to be jumping out of his hand better than it has so far this season, a positive sign as he tries to regain his form of 2014. Doolittle only has two saves on the season compared to Ryan Madson's seven, but he still should be in line for some save opportunities going forward depending on match-ups.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 months ago

Doolittle gave up a walk and a hit while recording the final out of the eighth inning in Friday's 8-5 win over the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Bob Melvin said after the game that the closer situation still remains matchup-based, although Ryan Madson, who recorded his seventh save of the season Friday, appears to be the guy to own, as he also boasts better rate stats than Doolittle. That said, Doolittle could still continue to compile occasional saves, so in deeper leagues where all saves are at a premium, he should remain rostered for now.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 months ago

Doolittle allowed a solo homer to Eric Hosmer on Friday night, his third homer allowed over his first 5.1 innings of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle has never allowed more than five homers in any season, but is struggling mightily with the gopher ball to begin 2016. All three homers have been on fastballs located in the middle of the plate as batters look to be sitting fastball and not respecting Doolittle's breaking balls. Doolittle has always gotten by throwing a majority of fastballs, but will need to rediscover his ability to locate the pitch if he wants to return to his prior dominant form.

15DSean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 months ago

Doolittle (1-2) did little to help his cause in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Angels, picking up a loss and blowing a save by allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk in the top of the ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle seemed to be rolling with a win and a save in his last two appearances, but that progress came to a screeching halt in this one. As far as Oakland's alternative closer options go, Ryan Madson gave up two earned runs in the eighth inning himself while John Axford got through the seventh unscathed. The Athletics will presumably stick with Doolittle for now, but he can't afford a prolonged slump.