Doolittle not concerned about 'role' in A's bullpen right now

As expected, the Oakland A's reinstated reliever Sean Doolittle from the disabled list on Tuesday. The lefty didn't get into Tuesday night's game with the Detroit Tigers, but he's now eligible to pitch for the first time in 2015 after undergoing shoulder surgery during spring training. Recent word had the A's planning to use him in a more 'relaxed' role as he eases his way back into...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: A's to activate closer Doolittle

A's closer Sean Doolittle, who has been on the DL all season with a shoulder strain, will be activated in time for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. Doolittle's velocity has reportedly been down during rehab outings, and the A's say he'll pitch in some non-save situations early on. However, Doolittle is owned in just 60.7 percent of leagues, and should start getting...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: A's to activate Sean Doolittle from D.L. on Tuesday

The Oakland A's have been without All-Star closer Sean Doolittle so far in 2015, but that will all end this week: the club is expected to activate Doolittle from the disabled list on Tuesday.Jane Lee of reported the news on Monday, as manager Bob Melvin informed the media of the team's plans prior to their Memorial Day contest against the Detroit Tigers.As expected, the A...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pitching, offense, defense back on track for Oakland A’s

Baseball fans need to hold their horses before counting the Oakland A’s out of the season. With the team improving on the mound, on the field and in the batter’s box, the season is far from over. For just the second time this season, the A’s have won back-to-back games. 2015 has been a year of bitter disappointment for Bay Area sports aficionados looking to see Oakland...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A's expected to ease Doolittle back into bullpen mix upon return

The Oakland A's are looking forward to getting closer Sean Doolittle back sometime during their upcoming homestand, which begins on Memorial Day against the Detroit Tigers. The lefty began his minor league rehab outings recently, working his way back from off-season shoulder surgery designed to fix a rotator cuff issue. As Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reported, manager Bob Melvin...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday, May 22nd: Chad Pinder’s Grand Slam Highlights His 4-Hit Night for Hounds while Ben Zobrist & Sean Doolittle Make Successful Rehab Appearances for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds   8 Corpus Christi Hooks    12 LP – Jensen 3-3 / 5.55 HR – Pinder (6), Walsh (4) Farmhand Of The Game: Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam) Despite falling to Corpus Christi 12-8 on Friday, the RockHounds got a huge night from...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday, May 19th: Chris Bassitt Helps Sounds Hang on to Win in 9th while Ben Zobrist & Sean Doolittle Make Rehab Appearances for Ports & Hounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Bassitt (4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) New Orleans Zephyrs  1 Nashville Sounds       2 WP – Alvarez 2-1 / 6.48 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Chris Bassitt (4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K) LHP Sean Nolin made the start for the Sounds on Tuesday and allowed 1 run on 2 hits...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday, May 17th: Kendall Graveman Earns 2nd Win for Sounds while Sean Doolittle Takes the Loss in 2nd Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) New Orleans Zephyrs  2 Nashville Sounds       6 WP – Graveman 2-1 / 1.85 HR – Carson (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Kendall Graveman (7 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win) RHP Kendall Graveman turned in an impressive start for the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

How Long Will Beane Give A’s To Turn Around Season Before Next Round of Trades?

It’s early enough in the season that you can make the case that things can still be turned around for the Oakland A’s.  Perhaps a few winning months come along and the Wild Card isn’t such a far-fetched fantasy by the time September rolls around. It’s also late enough in the season to acknowledge that the A’s have dug themselves into a deep enough hole that perhaps the...
Via BaySportsNet
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Thursday, May 14th: Kyle Finnegan & Tim Atherton Pitch Ports & Hounds to Victory while Sean Nolin & Sean Doolittle Make Rehab Appearances

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Finnegan (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) High Desert Mavericks  2 Stockton Ports             5 WP – Finnegan 2-2 / 4.17 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Kyle Finnegan (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win) Starter Kyle Finnegan turned in an impressive start for Stockton on Thursday...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle beginning minor league rehab Thursday as A's return nears

Oakland A's closer Sean Doolittle, sidelined all season so far because of a slight tear in his rotator cuff, is making a big stride today: he'll pitch in a minor league game with Single-A Stockton on Thursday. Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area notes that this is likely the 'final step' in Doolittle's rehab before he's able to rejoin the A's.  When he does return, it will likely come...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Complete Team Effort Ends A’s Skid at Six

With all of the uncommon occurrences that happened during Tuesday night’s game, it was a shock not to see Sean Doolittle’s unicorn backpack perched in a lucky corner of the A’s bullpen. The defense, which had been horrific to start the season set the tone early and often with highlight worthy plays. Drew Pomeranz, who hadn’t lasted more than five and 1/3  innings since April...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Oakland Athletics Hit Rock Bottom or Will They Continue to Fall?

Oakland Athletics Marcus Semien is greeted with a tunnel in the dugout after he hit a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Seattle. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The Oakland Athletics (12-22) have plummeted to the bottom of the AL West standings, and after suffering their sixth consecutive loss Monday...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Doolittle discusses timeline for rejoining A's bullpen in new chat

The Oakland A's have begun their 2015 season as a bit of an up-and-down team. At 8-12, they've been largely inconsistent thus far on both sides of the field - on the mound and at the plate. One of the potential reasons they've had some struggles could have to do with the absence of All-Star closer Sean Doolittle, who is still recovering from an offeason rotator cuff tear that has...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Transgender Sports Writer Opens Up

I received an encouraging message the other day, a small envelope popped up on my screen, a small, little envelope that changed my view on life. A message that gave me the reassurance that what I am doing is right: You’re one of the reasons I’ve felt like I can make it in this industry, even though I ‘m not genetically a female. I’m so lucky to have women like you to try...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Desperately Need Sean Doolittle to Return

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle winds up in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) For all the criticism Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics receive for those unconventional, inexplicably effective practices, critics and fans can usually agree on one thing: Oakland’s bullpen...
Via The Sports Journal
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Stephen Vogt the real 'face' of the Oakland A's?

Sean Doolittle has a funky beard and mid-90s velocity. Sonny Gray has a youthful demeanor and ace material on the mound. Coco Crisp, when healthy, is a force atop the lineup and used to have his own signature dance. And yet, is gritty catcher Stephen Vogt the TRUE 'face' of the Oakland A's? That's what Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated suggests in a new column that really does paint...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Royals-A's game filled with more ejections

The Kansas City Royals have a problem with the Oakland Athletics, and one beanball from Yordano Ventura to Brett Lawrie wasn’t going to fix that. In the first inning of Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium, Scott Kazmir plunked Lorenzo Cain (it looked accidental since if you’re going to throw at someone, you don’t throw at their feet, but whatever). Home plate umpire Greg...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Melvin Says Still No Timetable For Doolittle But Return to Mound ‘Close’

There’s still no official timetable for Sean Doolittle, as the All-Star closer works his way back from a shoulder injury. “Don’t know until he gets on the mound yet,” said manager Bob Melvin on Sunday morning before the Oakland Athletics took on the Seattle Mariners. “I think we’re getting close as far as that goes.” Melvin did offer a hint for when Doolittle’s return...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle's girlfriend Eireann Dolan supports gay fans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Eireann Dolan had no idea she would inspire a movement just by offering her support to the gay community. Specifically to youth who might be struggling with who they are. She sure is making her mother proud, and her father, too. The moment Dolan read that the Oakland Athletics will host Pride Night in June to celebrate and host members of the lesbian, gay bisexual...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle: Rehabbing a Shoulder

The least interesting thing about recovering from a shoulder injury might be trying to figure out how it happened. It happened, and life has to move on. In Sean Doolittle‘s case, it might — might! — have happened while he was taking anti-inflammatories for his oblique late last year, meaning the pain was “slightly masked” […]
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

SAGNOF Special: Saving and Stealing the Sleepers

Saves can often come from little known sources.  That concept is something we Razzballers call SAGNOF - Saves Ain't Got No Face.  I played in one RCL (Razzball Commenter League) last year and in that league I owned Sean Doolittle from Sunday March 30th until the last day of the season.  I didn't draft him.  I picked him up because I was looking for someone that could help with...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

  The Oakland A’s are hosting their first LGBT Pride Night this year, and not all season ticket holders want to go. Luckily, the girlfriend of A’s closer Sean Doolittle came up with the perfect solution.   Eireann Dolan, who has two moms who are diehard Oakland fans, wrote in a blog post last Friday that although she “was saddened to read some of the replies...
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO – A’s coaches learn all about social media in new commercial

Well done, Oakland A’s.  In this commercial spot, pitcher Sean Doolittle teaches his coaches all about social media.  It’s a pretty fun look at the weird and unique world full of hashtags, selfies, and more that we can become easily drowned in these days.  The best part?  The coaches pronounce GIF with a hard “G.”  I just became an A’s fan this season. [] The...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #69: Sean Doolittle | RP | OAK

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! By now you probably know Sean Doolittle has had an eventful offseason, at least healthwise. If you didn’t know that, read this. You probably also that we compiled these rankings back...
Via Baseball Professor
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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