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2022 Pitching

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Regular Season 0 0 0.00 6 0 0.19

Top Sean Doolittle News

  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Cleared for spring

    Doolittle (elbow) said Friday that he'll be a full participant when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. "I'm not limited in any way right now," said Doolittle, who underwent an internal brace procedure in July to address a partially torn UCL in his left elbow.

    Though Doolittle turned 36 years old in September and is returning from a relatively unproven arm procedure, he's apparently responded well to his five-month rehab program and has since completed 11 bullpen sessions while gradually increasing the intensity of his throwing. The Nationals opted to bring back Doolittle on a minor-league deal in November, and the veteran lefty should have a good chance at breaking camp with a spot on the 40-man roster and 28-man active roster if he avoids any setbacks during the Grapefruit League slate. Before injuring his elbow, Doolittle was in the midst of a strong start to the 2022 campaign, as he had yet to allow a run and put just one runner on base while striking out six over 5.1 frames.

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  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Back with Washington

    Doolittle (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Sunday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

    As Kolko notes, this contract will allow Doolittle to remain with the organization while rehabbing from UCL surgery, a procedure he underwent in July. The surgery carries a 5-to-6-month timetable for recovery, so if all goes well, he could be back on the bump in time for spring training.

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  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Undergoing season-ending surgery

    Doolittle (elbow) will have an internal brace procedure to repair his UCL tear, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Doolittle began a throwing program in early June but suffered a setback in his rehab recently. The southpaw will be shut down for the remainder of the season due to the surgery, but the procedure carries a recovery timetable of 5-6 months, so he's expected to be ready to return in time for spring training in 2023. The southpaw made six relief appearances for the Nationals this year and picked up two holds while tossing 5.1 scoreless innings.

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  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Suffers setback in rehab

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Thursday that Doolittle will visit a doctor after experiencing soreness in his left elbow during a recent bullpen session, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Doolittle initiated his throwing program about five weeks ago after initially landing on the injured list April 20 with a left elbow sprain, so it's somewhat troubling that he's experienced a setback without having even resumed facing hitters at this point in his rehab. The upcoming checkup with the doctor should provide more clarity on Doolittle's next steps, but even if he isn't shut down from throwing, he's unlikely to make it back from the IL until August.

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  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Throws 15 pitches Thursday

    Doolittle (elbow) threw 15 pitches during a bullpen session Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Thursday's throwing session marked the first time that Doolittle had thrown a bullpen since landing on the injured list April 20. Although he exclusively threw fastballs, it was an encouraging step for the southpaw, who plans to throw another bullpen Sunday or Monday.

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  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Bullpen session on tap Thursday

    Doolittle (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday for the first time since landing on the injured list April 20, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Doolittle has already missed six weeks with the left elbow sprain and won't be eligible to return until after the All-Star break after being transferred to the 60-day IL in early May. Before succumbing to the injury, the veteran southpaw had been off to a strong start to the season while filling a setup role in the Washington bullpen. Over his six appearances, he gathered two holds and struck out six while allowing just one baserunner in 5.1 innings.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 204 lbs
Birthplace: Rapid City, SD
Age: 36
School: Virginia
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: L, L