Doubront (elbow) could begin incorporating curveballs in his next bullpen sessions, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports. The left-hander threw his first bullpen session since Tommy John surgery back in mid-February, and it seems that each session since then has gone without a hitch. If everything goes as planned, Doubront should be able to progress to live BP sessions later in the month with a clearer timetable for return to follow each step in his recovery.
Doubront (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of the year and said he felt great, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery 10 months ago, and looks to be slightly ahead of schedule in his return. This was the first time throwing off a mound since his surgery, and he is looking to be healthy enough to provide starting pitching depth towards the end of the first half of next season.
Doubront (elbow) re-signed with the A's on a minor league contract, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old expressed gratitude for the way the A's "took care" of him following his Tommy John surgery in April, and a desire to "repay them on their investment and help them in the big leagues." Doubront is hoping to be healthy and stretched out enough to provide starting pitching depth by late in the first half of the season.
Doubront (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. This is mostly a procedural move, as Doubront is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and will likely miss at least the beginning portion of the 2017 season as a result. The lefty has been able to begin light throwing programs since undergoing the surgery in April though, and will continue to rehab throughout the offseason.
Doubront (elbow) began a throwing program Wednesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. The 28-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this season, so it's an encouraging sign for his progress that he's begun a throwing program before the end of the summer. The timeline hasn't changed for Doubront per se and he won't be back on a mound again until 2017, but for him to be at the sock toss portion of the throwing program already at this point in his recovery is a positive. If he continues to progress at this rate, Doubront could be back before June of next season.