Doolittle (shoulder) threw a flat-ground session followed by a 15-pitch session off the mound Sunday, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports. He's scheduled for a 25-pitch session Wednesday. Doolittle continues to slowly work his way back from the shoulder strain he sustained in early May. Sunday marked the first time he was able to toss from a mound since landing on the disabled list, so it seems he's making solid progress. A timetable for his return still has not been established.
Doolittle (shoulder) threw off flat ground Friday and plans to throw off a mound sometime next week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It's a major step in what has become a long recovery process for Doolittle and serves as a key indication for how his rehab will proceed. The veteran reliever isn't expected to return to the Oakland bullpen until June at the earliest, though these upcoming weeks will provide a firmer timetable as to when he can return to regular action. Upon his activation, Doolittle will aim to return to a setup man role, where he compiled a 3.52 ERA and five holds through nine appearances before his injury.
Doolittle (shoulder) hopes to throw on flat ground over the weekend and return to the mound next week, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports. It's taken a while for the southpaw to make progress in his rehab, but he seems to be ramping things up at a nice pace now that he's on track. If all goes well with these outings, he should be ready for a rehab assignment, although a firmer timetable for his return should emerge once he actually gets back to throwing.
Doolittle (shoulder) is making sock throws, an indication that he's finally making progress in his rehabilitation, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Should Doolittle's shoulder respond well to the sock throws, he'll move on to the real thing and then to a rehab assignment. At this point, he still isn't expected to return to Oakland until early June. Things will be touch and go until Doolittle proves his shoulder can handle game action, but if he comes back with the same kind of heat he showed when healthy (94.4 mph average fastball), he'll have a chance to work his way into save opportunities with the Athletics.
Doolittle (shoulder) has progressed nicely over the last few days, according to manager Bob Melvin, John Hickey of the East Bay Times reports. "He's doing better; yesterday was the best day he's had," the manager said. "He hasn't progressed to the sock throws yet. Once he does that, he could start playing catch, but we're not there yet. But the last two days have been the best two days." The veteran lefty still has no firm timetable as Melvin's comments reveal, but matters appear to be heading in a positive direction. Doolittle had been sharing the closer's role with Santiago Casilla, but the latter has essentially been entrusted with the job on a full-time basis since the former's absence. That has produced mixed results, so Doolittle's eventual availability to neutralize left-handed hitters in high-leverage situations will certainly be a welcome one.
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