A's slugger-turned-pitcher makes it to majors

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 05, 2012
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer When Sean Doolittle started to throw bullpen sessions last summer to distract him from the frustration of another injury that derailed a once-promising career as a slugging first baseman, he never believed the transition from slugger to pitcher would go this smoothly. Just more than nine months after throwing his first pitch as a professional and two months after starting the season in Class-A ball, Doolittle has made it to the majors as a left-handed reliever with the Oakland Athletics. Doolittle was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday to replace the injured Jordan Norberto, completing a remarkable run that started off almost as an accident.
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