Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 day ago

Doolittle (0-1) struck out the side but also gave up two earned runs on three hits over one inning in Saturday's 11-6 split-squad Cactus League loss to the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

The two runs Doolittle gave up in the seventh, which included an RBI triple by Stuart Turner and back-to-back doubles, snapped a 6-6 tie. The 30-year-old reliever started his spring with a pair of scoreless outings but has derailed in his last two trips to the mound, surrendering four earned runs on five hits over two innings. Doolittle posted double-digit holds last season for the first time since the 2013 campaign despite battling shoulder problems, and he's being counted on for a prominent bullpen role once again in the coming season.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 weeks ago

Doolittle, who earned a hold in Tuesday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Rockies by tossing a perfect inning, was happy with the way he felt on the mound, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. "It felt really good to finally get in a game and finally be out there with the guys," Doolittle said. "Take the training wheels completely off. I don't anticipate any restrictions form here on out."

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw induced three fly-ball outs during his time on the mound and was especially pleased with his fastball command. He plans to incorporate more changeups and sliders in his next outing, which isn't yet set. "That's something we'll continue to work on as I get more outings under my belt; when to throw it, getting more comfortable with it," he said. "Today was more about getting out there, getting my feet underneath me, repeating my delivery."

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 weeks ago

Doolittle is expected to make his first Cactus League appearance Tuesday, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander has been brought up slowly this spring due to the plethora of injuries he's experienced over the past two seasons, but it seems as if the Athletics are ready to remove the training wheels soon. If all goes well in Doolittle's return to game action, he should resume his prominent place in Oakland's bullpen and could even push Ryan Madson for save opportunities at some point during the regular season.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 weeks ago

Doolittle threw 25 pitches to hitters Saturday and is likely to play in a game as the next step in his throwing program, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Everything seems to be going according to plan for Doolittle, who says he's been happy with how the throwing sessions have gone. Oakland still has plenty of Cactus League games remaining for the 30-year-old to use as preparation, so expect him to get plenty of opportunities upon his return to action.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Doolittle is throwing to hitters Wednesday and may be ready for game action soon, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle has been slowly working his way back from a shoulder ailment this spring and it seems he's finally ready for live game action. The left-hander posted a 3.23 ERA over 44 games in an injury-riddled 2017 season, but look for him to compete for a setup role upon his return to the mound.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle threw his first bullpen session of spring training Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Plagued by shoulder issues over the past two seasons, Doolittle appears to be getting back on track as spring games begin. The left-hander has shown he still has potential, posting a 3.23 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 45:8 K:BB ratio in 44 games last year. Barring any setbacks, expect Doolittle to compete for a setup role in the Oakland bullpen when he returns to game action.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle, who battled shoulder problems in each of the last two seasons, will soon begin throwing off a mound, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle was limited to 52.2 innings over the 2014-15 seasons due to his injuries, amassing three wins, 11 holds and eight saves over that span. That followed a 22-save effort in 2014, a level of performance that the 30-year-old southpaw hopes to attain or exceed in the coming season. It remains to be seen if Doolittle will get the opportunity to close out games, though, as manager Bob Melvin recently commented that he remains undecided about whether he'll opt to deploy just one pitcher in that role. However, Doolittle figures to thrive as a setup man if called upon, as he remains a highly effective strikeout specialist (10.38 K/9 in 2016) with solid control (1.85 BB/9) and a fastball in the mid-90s.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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.