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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%: 70/44 | Average Draft Position: 231.03
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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.


Sean Doolittle could be activated Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle will be activated from the disabled list Friday if he feels good Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Doolittle threw to batters Wednesday, and if the session doesn't cause a setback in his recovering from an intercostal strain, he is expected to rejoin the roster Friday. Doolittle owns a 2.28 ERA and 80:5 K:BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings along with 20 saves.


Sean Doolittle to face hitters next, could return soon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle is on the verge of returning from the disabled list, as his intercostal strain continues to heal.

Doolittle threw off a mound Monday and told InsideBayArea.com the session went "incredibly well." His next step will be to face hitters in either a simulated game or live batting practice session Wednesday, and he could be brought off the disabled list shortly after that.

Doolittle has been out since Aug. 23 as a result of the injury. 


Sean Doolittle throws off flat ground; mound work next


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle was able to throw 20 pitches off flat ground Saturday without issue, as he continues to work his way back from an intercostal strain.

Doolittle has been out since Aug. 23 as a result of this injury, but seems to be nearing a return. He will travel with the team on an upcoming trip to Chicago, and will throw off a mound for the first time Monday, manager Bob Melvin told CSNBayArea.com. 


Sean Doolittle to throw off flat ground Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle will throw off flat ground Saturday, according to the Bay Area News Group.

The team will evaluate Doolittle following the session. Manager Doug Melvin would like Doolittle to throw one bullpen session prior to returning. Doolittle has been sidelined since August 23 with an intercostal strain. 


Sean Doolittle experiences pain-free long-toss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle completed a second long-toss session without issues Wednesday, which encouraged Bob Melvin, according to CSNBayArea.com.

Doolittle is working his way back from an intercostal strain that has prevented him from taking the mound since Aug. 23.


Sean Doolittle able to play catch Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle was able to play catch Tuesday, according to CSN.

Doolittle was able to throw from 90 feet. It was the first time he played catch since injuring his oblique. Doolittle said the session went well. There's currently no return date for Doolittle. 


Sean Doolittle could return from DL when eligible


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle has begun doing sock throws on Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Doolittle has been sidelined since August 23 due to an intercostal injury. The team has not ruled him coming off the DL when eligible next week.