Doolittle (shoulder) has started doing "sock throws," Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The A's rehab plan proved optimistic, as Doolittle remains shut down from actual throwing now close to a month after he was placed on the DL. Sock throws -- simulated throws with a sock taped over the hand and baseball -- are typically the last step before a player resumes playing catch, but mid-August is looking like a best-case scenario for Doolittle. He has posted a 2.93 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, four saves and 35:8 K:BB in 30.2 innings so far this season.
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. 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.
Doolittle (shoulder) was placed on the DL Thursday with left shoulder soreness. 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 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.
Doolittle gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, but still recorded his fourth save. 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.
Doolittle pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout Sunday against the Tigers. 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.