Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
4 days ago

Doolittle was credited with his sixth hold of the season in Friday's 3-0 win over the White Sox, firing a scoreless eighth inning and recording two strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

It doesn't get much better than Doolittle's effort Friday, one that saw him ring up three outs on just eight pitches, all of which were strikes. The veteran lefty's return to the mechanics that helped him rack up 44 holds during the 2012-13 seasons -- a tweak he made while on the disabled list with a shoulder injury -- has been a rousing success, as Doolittle has surrendered just one hit over the five innings he's pitched in five appearances since his return.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 week ago

Doolittle threw a clean ninth inning with a strikeout for his third save Sunday against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle continues to excel in the absence of Santiago Casilla, who is still out after being hit in his non-throwing shoulder by a line drive. Doolittle has been impressive when healthy this season as this strong outing brought his ERA down to 2.31.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 weeks ago

Doolittle struck out the side to record his second save of the season during Saturday's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Closer Santiago Casilla was hit by a foul ball in the non-throwing shoulder during Saturday's game, so Doolittle handled the ninth inning and picked up the save. Doolittle has dealt with his own shoulder injury this season and has been limited to just 10.2 innings through 12 appearances. He's still posted an impressive 2.53 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 14.3 K/9 and now has two saves, though. Additionally, it appears Doolittle is next in line for save opportunities behind Casilla.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
2 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) fired a scoreless eighth inning in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays, recording a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw got through his frame in a quick 13 pitches, nine of which he threw for strikes. It was an extension of the success that Doolittle enjoyed over his last three rehab outings after he made some adjustments to his mechanics. A healthy and effective Doolittle would naturally make for a particularly valuable left-handed late-inning asset out of the bullpen for manager Bob Melvin.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) was activated off the disabled list Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

As anticipated, Doolittle will return to the A's ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Rays. Doolittle missed over a month due to a shoulder issue, but a strong showing during his rehab assignment showed he was ready to return to the A's bullpen. He has a 3.52 ERA with a 0.78 WHIP over nine appearances with the A's this season and he figures to settle into a late relief role immediately.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) made adjustments in his mechanics during his rehab that have brought his velocity back up to the mid-90s, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I was working on some mechanical stuff and I feel really good with where I'm at," said Doolittle. "I was trying to get back to the way I used to throw, a more simplified version of it."

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw spent time watching video of his 2012-13 seasons while in rehab and made adjustments accordingly, resulting in three perfect innings across three appearances. Doolittle's fastball also was consistently in the 94-95 mph range and he found that the new approach helped his slider, particularly versus right-handed hitters. The 30-year-old will be activated Saturday prior to the doubleheader versus the Rays.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) is set to rejoin the team prior to Saturday's doubleheader, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle has been out since early May with a left shoulder strain that had previously caused the reliever to miss 180 games since 2015. There was no structural damage to shoulder and the left-hander has progressed while rehabbing at High-A Stockton over the past week. He will likely see some time on the mound with the A's going up against the Rays twice Saturday, but the 30-year-old appears to be ready to go without any cause for concern.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will make his final minor-league rehab appearance Wednesday with the hopes of rejoining the Athletics on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle, who has been on the disabled list since May 3 with a shoulder strain, tossed two scoreless innings of rehab work with High-A Stockton this past week. If he makes it through Wednesday's appearance without any setbacks, he'll likely rejoin the Athletics' bullpen prior to their weekend series against the Rays.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
4 weeks ago

Doolittle (shoulder) will throw for High-A Stockton again on Sunday or Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He logged an inning for the Ports on Friday, recording zero strikeouts while allowing zero baserunners. The A's will likely be pretty careful with their prized lefty reliever, but if he can avoid setbacks, he should return sometime in June.

Sean Doolittle
RP OAK
1 month ago

Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Doolittle appears to be on the cusp of a return after missing all of May with a shoulder strain. The 30-year-old will toss one inning for Stockton on Friday, and he'll likely need to make one or two additional rehab appearances before rejoining the big club. Barring any setbacks, the hope is that Doolittle will be back with the A's before mid-June.