Sean Doolittle had little opportunity to build his resume as a top Fantasy closer after the Athletics' reliever made two trips to the disabled list covering roughly three-quarters of the season. Shoulder injuries were the culprit, and when Doolittle did pitch late in the season, he lacked his typical velocity and control. He figures to reclaim the closer's role, though with Ryan Madson and John Axford added to the bullpen mix, he will have less margin for error. He is still a No. 2 mixed-league reliever with exceptional upside.
At the A's Fanfest on Sunday, Doolittle indicated that has no more shoulder issues and that he will not be restricted at all this spring, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. This is great news for the A's after a 2015 which saw Doolittle throw only 12 innings, almost all of which were late in the season. After one May outing where Doolittle's fastball velocity was way down, Doolittle went back to the DL, but did regain most of his velocity by the time he was back closing games in late September. Doolittle relies heavily on his fastball and as long as his velocity is back, he will open the season as the A's closer and hopes to get back to his 2014 form which saw him save 22 games while flashing a 12.8 K/9.
Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle came on in the eighth to get his second save in a 5-4 win over the Giants on Friday. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two across 1 1/3 innings. The 38-pitch outing is very surprising to see for a pitcher who spent the majority of the season on the DL. In any case, he got the job done despite a shaky eighth inning, in which he allowed all three of his base runners. The promising sign here is that the velocity was well above 90 and that's a big step, as Doolittle was living in the upper-90's last season in a breakout campaign.
Athletics closer Sean Doolittle earned his first victory in a 4-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday, surrendering only one hit and striking out two in two innings. Doolittle suddenly found himself in position for the win in the bottom of the ninth after Billy Butler's three-run shot in the top of the frame, and the 28 year old responded by retiring three straight after giving up a lead-off single. The veteran had previously been announced as a closer candidate for the remainder of the season by manager Bob Melvin, and has now notched a save and a victory over his last three appearances while blanking opposing batters in five of his last six trips to the mound.
The Athletics have activated reliever Sean Doolittle from the 60-day DL, the team announced on Saturday. Doolittle has appeared in just one inning for the A's this year, as he has spent time on the disabled list twice with a shoulder injury. To clear room on the roster, reliever Dan Otero was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle will need two more rehab starts before he can return to the team, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. Doolittle has already started his rehab at Triple-A. He has been out since late May with a shoulder injury. He will likely rejoin the team on their next road trip, which begins next Monday at Seattle.