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62 Sean Doolittle RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/212 | Birthdate: 9/26/1986 | Birthplace: Rapid City, SD | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Oakland | College: Virginia | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: $492,500 | Owned/Started%: 53/2 | Average Draft Position: 232.51
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Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle to throw flat ground session Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:27 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is scheduled to throw off a flat surface Friday and throw exclusively fastballs, manager Bob Melvin said per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Doolittle, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, is slowly making progress to get back on the mound, throwing out to 105 feet earlier in the week. It is unknown a specific pitch count Doolittle will have after tearing his rotator cuff in late January.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle progresses to 105 feet


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle threw from a distance of 105 feet Tuesday and "really let it go," MLB.com reports.

Doolittle, who's working his way back from a shoulder injury, moved from 75 feet to 90 feet last week. He might be able to begin mound work early next week. The Athletics don't expect him to be ready for major-league action for a few more weeks.


A's closer Sean Doolittle might throw off mound next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle (shoulder) might begin throwing off a mound early next week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The A's are still not expecting Doolittle, who threw off flat ground Sunday, to return for a few more weeks.

“Hopefully, we anticipate some time in May, maybe the latter end of it," manager Bob Melvin said of a return date for Doolittle. "That’s just forecasting right now.”


Athletics' Sean Doolittle to throw at 90 feet Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle will throw from 90 feet when he plays catch Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Doolittle has been playing catch at a distance of 75 feet as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. The pitcher indicated that he expects to be back in about four-to-six weeks, though the team hasn't announced an official timetable for his recovery.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle expects to return in May


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is opening the season on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, but on Monday, he said the shoulder is stronger than it's ever been.

There's no official timetable on the injury, but Doolittle said he expects to be back in "a month, month and a half", per Fan Graphs' Eno Sarris


Athletics place Coco Crisp, five others on disabled list


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Athletics have placed six players on the disabled list on Saturday, according to the team. Those players include Coco Crisp, Sean Doolittle, Nate Freiman, Sean Nolin, Jarrod Parker and Josh Reddick.


Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle to throw long toss Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle continues to progress through his rehab and it will continue Thursday when the closer is scheduled to throw long toss out to 75 feet, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Doolittle, who tore his rotator cuff late in January, still remains without a timetable for his return to the field and has thrown a few times this spring. He went 2-4 last season with 22 saves in 62 2/3 innings.

"To get him out to 75 feet and be aggressive with it, he feels really good about where his arm is right now," manager Bob Melvin said to MLB.com. "It hasn't been sore, no trepidation with what he's doing right now. He's gotten past that first hurdle and our training staff has done a great job putting him in this position."


Tyler Clippard to open season as A's closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Friday reliever Tyler Clippard will open the season as the team's closer with Sean Doolittle sidelined with a shoulder injury. Melvin added Dan Otero will be the right-handed setup man and left-hander Eric O'Flaherty will also be used in setup situations.

Clippard was the Nationals' full-time closer in 2012, recording 32 saves in 37 chances. He spent the last two seasons in a setup role. He has 34 career saves over eight MLB seasons.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle to play catch Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is scheduled to play catch Friday for the first time since suffering a shoulder strain, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Doolittle has been doing sock throws this week in advance of progressing to catch. He is expected to begin the season on the disabled list due to the shoulder injury.


A's RP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) getting closer to playing catch


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said reliever Sean Doolittle (shoulder) did two innings worth of sock throws Wednesday, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Melvin added Doolittle might begin playing catch by the end of the week.

A's RP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) starts throwing program


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle (shoulder) did sock throws Monday morning, which is the first step in his throwing program, according to CSNCalifornia.com.

Athletics' Sean Doolittle expects to resume throwing next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Athletics pticher Sean Doolittle expects to resume throwing next week as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury, MLB.com reports.

"I feel like I could be throwing; I feel like I could have been throwing for a couple weeks," Doolittle said. "But, you know, we've got to make sure we do it right and make sure the shoulder and everything in there is really strong before we start that process."

Doolittle wouldn't put a timetable on his return to action but said he'd have a better indication on a potential return after throwing next week.

"It's responded really well to everything we've thrown at it so far," he said. "I don't want to put a timetable on it, put too much pressure on it or anything like that. But it's doing really well. [I'm] just trying not to mess it up."

Doolittle racked up 22 saves last season while posting a 2.73 ERA and 89:8 K:BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle could start throwing soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle told reporters he's close to receiving clearance to resume throwing, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Doolittle has been sidelined this spring by a shoulder injury he suffered at the start of camp. He's doing plyometric work to continue building strength in his shoulder.

Doolittle registered a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings in 2014.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle making progress with shoulder strain


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Athletics' pitcher Sean Doolittle is making good progress in his return from a shoulder strain, according to a report by MLB Network's Susan Slusser. 

Doolittle hasn't thrown yet this spring, but he said he'll begin doing sock throws in the near future. 


Athletics' Doolittle hoping to throw in a week or two


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is hoping to be cleared to throw in a week or two, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle was able to participate in strength tests on Saturday, and the results were positive. He has not been cleared to throw just yet, but is hoping that will come shortly. Doolittle has been sidelined by a shoulder injury during the start of camp. 

The 28-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings last year. 


A's P Sean Doolittle shoulder 'looks good,' return still uncertain


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Though Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle said his injured shoulder "looks good," there is still no timetable for when he will return to the mound, according to the Bay Area News Group

Doolittle tore his rotator cuff and recently had a platelet-rich plasma injection recently. The left-hander went 2-4 in 2014 and posted a 2.73 ERA.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle received PRP injection in shoulder


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle received a PRP injection in his left shoulder, according to MLB.com.

Doolittle is expected to miss the start of the season due to the injury, but received in the injection in order to alleviate inflammation and irritation. Doolittle told reporters on Sunday that he feels a lot better than he did a month ago due to the injection. He's already started a strengthening program, but a timetable for his return is currently unknown. 

"Everything so far has gone really smoothly," Doolittle said. "We're optimistic, but we haven't set a timetable because, based on what the doctors and trainers have said, every issue is kind of different. With PRP, it's all about how your body reacts to it."

Doolittle posted a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings last season. 


Several candidates to fill in for Sean Doolittle


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/8/2015) With Athletics closer Sean Doolittle slated to miss the start of the season with a slight tear in his rotator cuff, the team will look at several candidates to fill in, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Newly-acquired Tyler Clippard and setup man Ryan Cook are the top contenders, with Eric O'Flaherty also a possibility, the report said.

There is no timetable for Doolittle's return. Doctors believe Doolittle won't need surgery, and have prescribed rest and a strengthening program, the paper said.


Sean Doolittle 'might not miss a ton of time'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/8/2015) The general consensus is that Athletics closer Sean Doolittle "might not miss a ton of time to start the season," reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Doolittle has a slight tear in his left rotator cuff but has reported improvement in the shoulder as he works on range-of-motion exercises.

He'll likely start the season on the DL.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle tears rotator cuff, not expected for start of season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his left rotator cuff and is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season, the team announced Friday.

Doolittle also has considerable inflammation in his shoulder and has received a PRP injection. The team will re-evaluate Doolittle at a later date before determining the next step. Doolittle had 22 saves in 2014 with 89 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.


Sean Doolittle picks up save No. 22


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle picked up his 22nd save Friday against the Phillies.

Doolittle entered with a two-run lead and slammed the door. He tossed a perfect inning during the appearance, facing just three batters. Doolittle did not record any strikeouts. 


Sean Doolittle blows save, takes loss Wednesday vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle blew a save opportunity Wednesday and was stuck with the loss in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Doolittle (1-4) was tasked with protecting a 1-0 lead but surrendered a game-tying double before the Rangers broke things open with a three-run home run. The closer finished with five earned runs on three hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning. Doolittle owns a 2.97 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 83:7 K:BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings.


Sean Doolittle picks up the save in first outing after DL stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle struck out one and needed only nine pitches to retire the side in order in the 10th inning for the save against the Mariners -- his first start back from the disabled list. He has converted 21 of 24 save chances, with a 2.24 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP over 56 1/3 innings of relief.

Sean Doolittle back with season on the line for Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Closer Sean Doolittle has been activated off the disabled list by the Athletics. He missed three weeks with an intercostal strain.

Doolittle, who had not yielded a run in 13 appearances before going down, is returning at a critical time. Oakland begins a crucial series in Seattle on Friday night.


Sean Doolittle: I'm ready to roll


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has declared himself ready to be activated off the disabled list after a 40-pitch session Wednesday, the Bay Area News Group has reported. That could happen as early as Friday.

Doolittle, who has been sidelined for nearly three weeks with an intercostal strain, was among the surprises of the season before going down. He has save 20 saves in 23 opportunities with just 34 hits allowed in 55 1/3 innings pitched. Doolittle has fanned 80.