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.
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 was 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.
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.
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.
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.
Doolittle (6-4) took the loss Friday, getting hammered for four runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning to blow his fifth save of the season as the Nationals lost to the Mets.
Entering the game in the ninth inning to protect a 6-3 lead, Doolittle melted down completely, serving up four straight hits -- including a game-tying homer to Todd Frazier -- before Michael Conforto finally walked it off with an RBI single. Doolittle now has a 3.51 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, ratios far worse than his prior two campaigns in Washington, and he's 25-for-30 in converting save chances this year after blowing only two of his first 48 chances as a Nat.
Doolittle allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his 25th save of the season in a win over the Giants.
The southpaw is a perfect 6-for-6 in save chances since the All-Star break, posting a 1.69 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 13:0 K:BB over 10.2 innings to begin the second half. On the season, Doolittle now sports a 2.81 ERA and 10.7 K/9 with 25 saves in 29 opportunities.
Doolittle tossed a perfect ninth inning during Monday's 4-0 win over the Giants.
It was a bit of a weird outing for Doolittle, who failed to record a strikeout in the non-save situation. The 32-year-old managed to lower his ERA to 2.87 with his second straight scoreless frame after allowing solo homers in each of his two previous appearances.
Doolittle tossed a perfect inning with one strikeout to earn the save against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Doolittle came into the ninth inning tasked with protecting a 3-0 lead and shut the Diamondbacks down in order. The 32-year-old southpaw has done an admirable job at the helm of the Nationals bullpen, pitching to the tune of a 2.93 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 55:11 K:BB while tallying 24 saves.
Doolittle (6-3) allowed a solo home run during the 10th inning while taking a loss against the Braves on Wednesday.
The left-hander wasn't charged with a blown save because the game was tied, but Doolittle suffered his third loss of the season. He's surrendered two homers in his last two innings, but before Monday, Doolittle hadn't allowed a round tripper since May 24. He has 23 saves with a 3.00 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 45 innings this season.
Doolitte allowed one hit and struck out one across a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in the second game of the doubleheader Wednesday against the Rockies.
Doolittle was called upon to pitch for the second time Wednesday, though he showed no ill-effects and recorded his 23rd save of the campaign. After a few bumpy appearances in late June and early July, Doolittle has turned things around by recording six consecutive scoreless appearances. For the season, he has a strong 2.72 ERA to go along with a 1.28 WHIP and 51 strikeouts across 43 innings.
Doolittle gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to record his 22nd save of the season in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.
The southpaw closer has put together a strong July, posting a 1.13 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10:1 K:BB through eight innings with two wins and four saves. Doolittle should remain the top dog in the Nats bullpen even if the club brings in bullpen reinforcements at the trade deadline.
Doolittle struck out two over 1.2 perfect innings to record his 21st save of the season in Saturday's 5-3 win over Atlanta.
The southpaw hadn't pitched in a week and had more than enough gas in the tank to deliver his third save of the year of more than three outs. Doolittle now sports a 2.85 ERA and 48:11 K:BB through 41 innings, and while it remains possible he'll get some help in the Nats' bullpen at the trade deadline, his spot as closer likely won't be threatened.
Doolittle gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his 20th save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Phillies.
The veteran closer continues to get the job done as part of a remarkable turnaround by the Nats' bullpen. Since the beginning of June, Doolittle has posted a 2.20 ERA and 18:4 K:BB over 16.1 innings while converting 10 of 12 save chances, adding three wins to his ledger as well.
Doolittle (6-2) didn't allow a run and captured a win Sunday against the Royals, but he did give up two hits and blew his fourth save of the year during 1.1 innings.
The Nationals turned to their closer with the tying run at first base and two outs in the top of the eighth. On the first pitch Doolittle threw, he gave up a game-tying double. With an inherited runner and entering in the eighth, it wasn't a typical blown save, but it will count the same. Doolittle stuck around for the ninth and earned the win, though, improving to 6-2. He also has a 3.13 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 37.1 innings this year.
Doolittle yielded one run on three hits during the ninth but struck out two and still recorded his 19th save of the season in a 3-1 victory against the Marlins on Wednesday.
It took him 33 pitches, but Doolittle eventually nailed down his 19th save. He hasn't generated elite closer numbers in some categories -- his 3.25 ERA and 1.36 WHIP serving as two examples -- but he is 5-2 and has converted 11 of his last 12 save chances. Doolittle is 19-for-22 in save opportunities overall with 44 strikeouts in 36 innings this season.
Doolittle (5-2) didn't allow any hits while recording two strikeouts and issuing one walk during the ninth inning to earn a victory against the Marlins on Tuesday.
The Nationals closer entered with the score tied, and because Washington won in walk-off fashion during the bottom of the ninth, Doolittle captured his fifth win. Doolittle has allowed just one run in his last 7.2 frames, and during that stretch, he's earned five saves and a win. He is 5-2 and 18-for-21 in save opportunities with a 3.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 35 innings this season.
Doolittle threw a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing a hit and a walk Sunday, striking out one batter and earning the save over Detroit.
Despite putting two Tigers on base, Doolittle converted his fifth straight save chance, making him 18-for-21 this season. His 3.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP are both a bit disappointing, but he posted a 2.45 ERA in June after a disastrous May. Doolittle should remain a strong closer as the second half of the season rolls around.
Doolittle gave up a run on a hit and a walk during the ninth inning of Thursday's win over the Marlins.
The Nats closer was already warming up when the team scored a run in the top of the ninth to extend its lead to 8-4, and manager Dave Martinez elected to stick with Doolittle even without a save situation in play. Overall this year, the southpaw has been a little less dominant than usual, posting a 3.27 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 39:9 K:BB through 33 innings while converting 17 of 20 save chances.
Doolittle allowed a hit but recorded the final out of Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Marlins to record the save.
The Nationals entered the ninth inning with a 7-1 lead, but Javy Guerra allowed four batters to reach base prior to being pulled with the bases loaded. While Doolittle allowed a bases-clearing triple to Curtis Granderson -- the first batter he faced -- he wasn't charged with any of the runs and ultimately got J.T. Riddle to strike out to close the game. Doolittle now has 17 saves for the season to go along with a 3.09 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 32 innings.
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