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63 Sean Doolittle RP

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July 27, 2020 11:48 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Tagged with loss Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (0-1) allowed one run on two hits and a walk over 0.2 innings Sunday to take the loss as the Nationals fell 3-2 to the Yankees. He struck out one.

The southpaw entered the game in a non-save situation to begin the eighth inning with the score tied 2-2, but he wasn't able to shut down the Yankees' offense. Doolittle was expected to share closing duties with Daniel Hudson this season, but given that Hudson was manager Dave Martinez's first choice in the ninth during the club's World Series run last year, Doolittle's usage here should be a little concerning to those fantasy GMs counting on him for saves.

July 5, 2020 12:32 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Leaning toward playing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle said Sunday he thinks he's "planning on playing" in 2020, but if he starts "to feel unsafe" or it begins to impact his mental health, he may opt out of the season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Numerous players have expressed their concerns after reporting to summer training this week, so Doolittle is hardly alone in his cautious approach. The veteran left-hander is poised to operate out of the ninth inning again in 2020, though he could end up splitting closer's duties with Daniel Hudson. Regardless, Doolittle will be filling a high-leverage role for the Nationals if he's on the field.

March 1, 2020 11:28 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Set for spring debut Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle will make his first appearance of the spring Sunday, Jessica Camerato of reports.

The club has held the somewhat injury-prone southpaw back to begin camp, but Doolittle is ready to begin his Grapefruit League campaign in earnest. While he may end up splitting closer duties with Daniel Hudson, Doolittle will be firmly in the ninth-inning mix after racking up more than 20 saves each of the last four seasons.

February 24, 2020 11:04 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Getting eased into spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle has no timetable for his Grapefruit League debut as the Nationals carefully monitor his spring workload, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

The left-hander's knee is the biggest concern -- it was a sore knee that produced the mechanical bad habits that led to his IL stint due to arm trouble last season -- and while Doolittle is fully healthy to begin the spring, the Nats want to keep it that way. The 60 innings he threw in 2019 was his largest total since 2014, but the 33-year-old will have Daniel Hudson and Will Harris around to take some late-inning work off his shoulders this year, even if Doolittle keeps his spot as the team's primary closer.

November 3, 2019 01:00 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Nationals exercise 2020 option
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Nationals will pick up Doolittle's $6.5 million club option for 2020, Mark Feinsand of reports.

Washington featured the worst bullpen in the majors during 2019, but Doolittle was called upon early and often throughout the season. The 33-year-old had a 4.05 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 66:15 K:BB over 60 innings while converting 29 of 35 save opportunities, while the heavy usage early in the season likely contributed to a decline in his numbers in the second half. Daniel Hudson finished the season as the Nationals' top option at closer, but Doolittle should be the favorite for the role entering 2020 with Hudson heading for free agency.

September 26, 2019 12:40 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Posts 29th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle allowed one hit and struck out the side during the ninth in a save against the Phillies on Wednesday.

He already has a career high in saves, and he's one away from reaching the 30-save plateau for the first time in his career. However, Doolittle's other numbers aren't up to his normal standards. He is 6-5 with 29 saves, 3.97 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 59 innings this season.

September 25, 2019 01:16 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Pitches clean eighth inning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle pitched a perfect inning in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader, retiring all three batters without a strikeout.

The southpaw entered the game in the top of the eighth inning with the Nationals up 3-1, and he induced a foulout, a groundout and a flyout in 15 pitches to retire the side. Doolittle has now made seven appearances -- all in non-save situations -- in September, allowing just one run and one hit in six innings. Daniel Hudson has three saves this month, though manager Dave Martinez just said earlier Tuesday that he still views Doolittle as his closer.

September 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Given vote of confidence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dave Martinez confirmed Tuesday that Doolittle remains his closer, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.

Doolittle has no saves in the month of September, while Daniel Hudson has recorded a pair. Doolittle is still working his way back from a knee injury but hasn't been bad over the course of the month, allowing just one run and one hit in five innings while posting a 4:2 K:BB. Martinez did add that he's not afraid to use Doolittle in the eighth inning, however, so there's no guarantee that the next save opportunity will be his.

September 17, 2019 09:52 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Hit with loss Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (6-5) took the loss Monday as the Nationals dropped a 4-2 decision to the Cardinals, getting charged with one run after walking one batter and striking out two in two-thirds of an inning.

The southpaw entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied 2-2, and Doolittle's free pass came around to score after his replacement, Hunter Strickland, served up a double to Marcell Ozuna. Doolittle has yet to record a save in September, but neither has any other Nats reliever, so it's not yet clear if he would once again be the preferred option at closer over Daniel Hudson should a save situation arise.

September 1, 2019 11:32 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Returns Sunday as expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (knee) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday.

Doolittle made one rehab appearance with High-A Potomac on Friday to clear the way for his return to the Nationals. The southpaw has converted 28 of 34 save chances with a 4.33 ERA and 1.40 WHIP this season and should return to the closer's role eventually, but according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, Doolittle will first be eased back into things in some lower-leverage spots.

September 1, 2019 01:40 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Ready to return Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (knee) is expected to come off the injured list Sunday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

The lefty breezed through a rehab appearance with High-A Potomac on Friday, retiring the side on three pitches (flyout, groundout, flyout), and it sounds like he will be activated right away when rosters expand. Doolittle had struggled before landing on the IL, allowing five homers and blowing two saves over his last five appearances, but he will almost certainly return to the closer role for the stretch run. Perhaps the Nats will ease him back in with one or two lower-leverage appearances before reinstalling Doolittle in the ninth.

August 28, 2019 11:24 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Slated for rehab outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (knee) said he expects to join High-A Potomac for a rehab appearance Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Doolittle completed a 16-pitch, one-inning simulated game Wednesday and feels good physically, but he wants to improve his sharpness before rejoining the Nationals. The veteran left-hander may only require a game or two in the minors, so it shouldn't delay his return to the majors for long.

August 29, 2019 02:24 AM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Completes successful sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (knee) completed a successful simulated game Wednesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

Doolittle threw 16 pitches and said he felt good afterward. If the right-hander checks out OK on Thursday, it sounds like he could be cleared to rejoin the Nationals during their upcoming series against Miami, which begins Friday.

August 27, 2019 03:44 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Targeting weekend activation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (knee) is slated to throw a simulated game Wednesday and is hoping to be activated from the injured list during Washington's upcoming series with Miami, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.

It doesn't appear as though Doolittle will return from the injured list when eligible Wednesday, though he's not expected to remain out for much longer. Assuming his sim games goes as planned, the Nationals will likely activate Doolittle sometime over the weekend and return him to the closer role.

August 24, 2019 01:52 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Hoping for minimum stay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle (knee) has thrown off a mound for the past two days and is hoping to be activated when first eligible to return from the injured list, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Doolittle was placed on the injured list last Sunday, so the fact that he's throwing this soon after his injury is a positive sign. He had run into struggles in August, allowing 10 earned runs and five home runs across seven innings. While Doolittle should be in line to be the team's closer upon his return, the Nationals will likely keep a close eye on his workload and may not have much patience if his struggles continue.

August 18, 2019 12:04 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Lands on IL after blowup outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right knee tendinitis, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

He gave up four runs (three home runs) and recorded just one out in Saturday's save opportunity, pitching for a second day in a row. It sounds like the Nationals mostly want to just give their closer an extended rest in hopes that he will be able to get right for the final month of the season. Even upon his activation, they may no longer use him on back-to-back days. Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland and Fernando Rodney could all be options to get save opportunities in the short term.

August 18, 2019 08:36 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Changes being debated in ninth
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle and manager Dave Martinez both acknowledged that the team may need to treat save situations differently moving forward after the closer gave up three home runs during Saturday's blown save, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

It sounds like the Nationals will back off of using Doolittle for every save situation in an effort to manage his workload down the stretch. He logged a one-inning save Thursday and then gave up four earned runs while recording just one out Friday. They may simply opt to not use him on back-to-back days going forward. Fernando Rodney, Daniel Hudson and Hunter Strickland could all get save opportunities when Doolittle is not available.

August 17, 2019 05:04 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Posts 28th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle allowed one walk with no hits and struck out a batter during a scoreless ninth inning to record his 28th save in a 2-1 victory over the Brewers on Friday.

The 32-year-old still has an ERA higher than most fantasy GMs would like from their closers, but he's posted six wins and 28 saves. Doolittle also has 59 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. That makes the fact he owns a 3.66 ERA and 1.34 WHIP a little easier to swallow.

August 12, 2019 11:28 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Records 27th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle gave up two runs on three hits and one walk through one inning to record his 27th save in a 7-6 win over the Reds on Monday.

Doolittle made it as interesting as he could, allowing a solo home run and two runs before working out of trouble to record his 27th save. The left-hander was being used for the third time in four days, but his 10.38 ERA in August is a cause for concern. The 32-year-old has a 3.73 ERA with 58 strikeouts through 52 appearances this season.

August 12, 2019 02:08 PM
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Notches 26th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Doolittle struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning Sunday to earn the save over the Mets.

It was a much-needed bounce-back performance after Doolittle was rocked for four runs in his last outing. The 32-year-old is now 26-of-31 in save chances with a 3.44 ERA this year. Fortunately, Doolittle has been given a long leash this season without many other options in the Nationals bullpen.

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