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Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Throwing from 75 feet
Doolittle (elbow) has been throwing from 75 feet recently, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Doolittle was cleared to begin a throwing program this week and has progressed well in his rehab after receiving a PRP injection in late April. The southpaw still needs to increase his intensity, so he's likely several weeks away from returning to game action.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Starts throwing program
Doolittle (elbow) recently resumed playing catch and is throwing long toss, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The veteran left-hander was shut down from throwing for six weeks after receiving a PRP injection in late April, but he's been cleared to resume throwing. Doolittle will need some time to build him arm strength back up before returning to mound work, so he's likely still at least a few weeks away from being ready for game action.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Shifts to 60-day IL
The Nationals transferred Doolittle (elbow) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Wednesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver pickup Cory Abbott while ensuring that Doolittle is sidelined for the foreseeable future after news of his left elbow sprain first surfaced following his April 19 appearance against the Diamondbacks. According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, Doolittle received a PRP injection last week and will be shut down from throwing for the next six weeks, so he'll likely be sidelined through the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Not yet throwing
Manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that Doolittle (elbow) hasn't yet been cleared to resume throwing, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Doolittle has been on the injured list for a week and has been cleared to resume workouts, but he'll presumably require more than a minimal stay on the IL since he isn't yet throwing. A better timetable for the southpaw's return to game action is unlikely to be revealed until he begins a throwing program.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Likely out for more than minimum
Manager Dave Martinez said that Doolittle, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left elbow sprain, will be re-evaluated in 10-to-12 days before the Nationals determine his next steps, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Doolittle was shut down one day after his velocity was down a couple of ticks during his relief appearance against the Diamondbacks, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com. Following the game, Doolittle underwent an MRI, which revealed a slight tear and inflammation in his elbow. At least for the time being, doctors don't believe that surgery is in the cards for Doolittle, though that could change if he fails to demonstrate much progress while he's shut down from throwing.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Goes on IL
The Nationals placed Doolittle on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a sprained left elbow.
According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, Doolittle informed the Nationals of the injury following his relief appearance in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Arizona. The severity of Doolittle's elbow sprain may not be known until he's sent in for an MRI, but the fact that he's dealing with an arm-related injury likely portends an absence of more than the minimum 10 days. Doolittle had enjoyed a nice start to the 2022 campaign, striking out six over 5.1 scoreless frames while allowing just one baserunner.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Looking good early
Doolittle struck out two in a perfect seventh inning during Sunday's win over the Mets.
The Nationals were down 2-1 when the veteran southpaw entered the game in relief of Steve Cishek with runners on first and second and nobody out, but he fired eight of nine pitches for strikes to end the threat and set the stage for a Washington rally in the eighth. Doolittle topped out at 94.9 mph with his final fastball, and the 35-year-old may have returned to something close to the form that saw him rack up 75 saves for the Nats from 2017-19. For now, Doolittle will be part of the setup crew behind Tanner Rainey, but the closer situation is volatile enough that he could find himself working the ninth before long.... See More ... See Less
Sean Doolittle: Returns to Washington
Doolittle agreed Monday with the Nationals on a one-year contract, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Despite posting a collective 4.71 ERA (4.90 FIP), 1.50 WHIP and a 12.4 K-BB% over the past two seasons across three different teams, the Nationals will bring Doolittle back on aN MLB deal for what will be his second stint in Washington. Though he served as a closer for much of his previous three-and-a-half-season tenure with the Nationals, Doolittle's poor production over the last couple of years means he's likely being viewed as a more of a middle-relief option heading into his age-35 campaign. Tanner Rainey, Kyle Finnegan and the newly signed Steve Cishek look to be better bets than Doolittle for saves out of the Washington bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Sean Doolittle: Struggles continue Monday
Doolittle surrendered three earned runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch over 1.1 innings in a loss to the Astros on Monday. He struck out two.
Doolittle was by far the least effective of the four relievers called on to eat up innings after starter Yusei Kikuchi was chased before the end of the second frame. Doolittle has now given up a total of five earned runs over the two innings covering his last two appearances after starting his Mariners career with three consecutive scoreless one-inning outings.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Sean Doolittle: Scoreless frame in debut
Doolittle allowed three hits and recorded a strikeout over a scoreless inning in an extra-innings loss to the Royals on Friday, his Mariners debut.
The veteran reliever put in some work during his one frame, but he was sharp while getting 15 of 20 pitches into the strike zone. Doolittle was serviceable during his time with the Reds this season before being placed on waivers, and his considerable experience could make him quite an asset down the stretch in a variety of relief roles.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Sean Doolittle: Added to active roster
Doolittle was added to the Mariners' active roster Friday.
The 34-year-old was claimed off waivers by Seattle on Thursday, and he'll join the major-league bullpen a day later after right-hander Wyatt Mills was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. Doolittle made 45 relief appearances with the Reds before he was designated for assignment, and he posted a 4.46 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 38.1 innings while converting just one of his five save chances.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Sean Doolittle: Claimed by Seattle
Doolittle was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Thursday.
Doolittle was cast off the Reds' 40-man roster Tuesday, but he'll join the Mariners after right-hander Keynan Middleton was designated for assignment Thursday. The southpaw has high-leverage experience but converted just one of his five save chances in 45 relief appearances with the Reds to begin the season. However, since Middleton was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, it appears as though Doolittle won't immediately join the big-league club.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sean Doolittle: DFA'd Tuesday
The Reds designated Doolittle for assignment Tuesday.
The veteran has a 4.46 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 41:18 K:BB in 38.1 innings of relief this season. A lefty with championship experience, Doolittle figures to draw interest on waivers, though it remains to be seen whether another team takes a flier on him. If he goes unclaimed, Doolittle will have the option to remain with the organization at Triple-A Louisville or enter free agency. Tejay Antone (forearm) was activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sean Doolittle: Added velocity
Doolittle has added velocity to his fastball, working in the 95-97 mph range in his last couple of appearances, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Doolittle has pitched sporadically recently, appearing only twice in the month of August heading into Saturday's game. He worked on lowering his arm angle which had the effect of increasing his velocity.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sean Doolittle: Blows save Saturday
Doolittle was tagged with a blown save Saturday, allowing a hit and an inherited runner to score in one-third of an inning. He also had one strikeout.
Doolittle came on with two out in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 lead after Heath Hembree had put the tying run in scoring position with a walk and a wild pitch. Tasked with facing lefty Dominic Smith, Doolittle gave up a game-tying single for his fourth blown-save in five chances this year in a game the Reds would go on to lose in 10 innings. He struck out Kevin Pillar one batter later to end the inning. The 34-year-old Doolittle is 3-1 in 41 appearances with a 4.19 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sean Doolittle: Tagged with loss in extra innings
Doolittle allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits in one-third of an inning to take the loss Saturday against the Brewers.
Doolittle entered a 4-4 game in the 11th inning and allowed an RBI double to Christian Yelich and a single to Willy Adames, who later came around to score on a sacrifice fly after Doolittle had been replaced by Ryan Hendrix. Doolittle entered the day having gone five straight appearances without allowing a run, but Saturday's performance left him with a 4.65 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 31 innings this season. Opposing batters are hitting .290 off the veteran lefty.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sean Doolittle: Changing pitch mix
After a series of poor results while relying heavily on his fastball, Doolittle has started changing his pitch mix, working heavily with pitching coach Derek Johnson, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Doolittle threw his first slider of the season and his first changeup since 2016 in Sunday's scoreless inning against the Braves.
Over the course of the season, Doolittle has thrown 434 fastballs of his 481 pitches altogether, with an average fastball velocity of 92.8 mph, down from 2019. He's been getting diminishing returns from that fastball, allowing a 4.55 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 27.2 innings, falling out of the mix for primary roles in the Reds' bullpen in the process. Cincinnati's bullpen has pitched so poorly in the aggregate, however, that if these changes stick, Doolittle could work his way back into the mix for a more important role.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sean Doolittle: Tough recent outings
Doolittle has allowed at least one run in his last three outings, including giving up homers in his last two appearances.
With Tejay Antone on the IL, there's a short-term opportunity for Doolittle to take on a more prominent role in the Reds' bullpen, but it doesn't appear that he's capable of filling it. Doolittle has allowed five homers and 11 walks in his 21.2 innings pitched, negating the impact of his 29 strikeouts. He currently sits with a 4.98 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sean Doolittle: Earns third win
Doolittle (3-0) allowed a hit and struck out two over one scoreless inning to earn the win Sunday versus Colorado.
Doolittle pitched well in the eighth inning before Cincinnati scored twice to take the lead in the ninth. Tejay Antone held on for the save to give Doolittle the win. The 34-year-old has a 4.20 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 22:6 K:BB across 15 innings this season. The southpaw has worked as a closer before, but he has one save, two blown saves and a hold in 17 appearances. He'll likely remain in a high-leverage role, even if that doesn't involve ninth-inning duties.... See More ... See Less
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