Doubront (elbow) could return from Tommy John surgery as a reliever, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Doubront is slated to return in June. A move to the bullpen could be exactly what the lefty needs. Although he has shown promise in a starting role thanks to his sharp stuff, Doubront has struggled with control issues throughout his career. In the bullpen, where he could go all out for a single inning, maximizing the movement and velocity of his pitches, those control issues may be less of a hindrance. He'll be a long way from getting saves in Oakland, though, so his fantasy value is likely to be minimal.
Doubront (elbow) was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday. The left-hander is still in the process of returning from Tommy John surgery, so while he's still unable to help out at the major league level, the A's will stash him in the minor leagues. If he returns to his previous form once healthy, Doubront could push for a spot in Oakland's rotation, but for now he'll simply focus on rehabbing his surgically repaired elbow.
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.
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