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Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle has been invited to big-league spring training.
The 36-year-old veteran made just six appearances with the Nationals in 2022 before opting to undergo season-ending elbow surgery in July. He's stated he will be a full participant in big-league camp and will look to resurrect his career after struggling over the last few seasons, both with health and performance. He owns a 3.20 career ERA with 112 saves in 463 big-league appearances, so he should get a strong opportunity to contribute for the rebuilding Nats in 2023.
Sean Doolittle has decided to have surgery on his UCL and will miss the remainder of the season.
Doolittle has been on the injured list since April 20 and has opted to undergo an internal brace procedure to repair the UCL in his left elbow. He'll miss the next five to six months and hopes to be able to pitch for the Nationals next spring.
Washington Nationals RP Sean Doolittle struck out one and allowed zero hits over one inning of relief in the Nationals' 7-2 win over the Pirates.
Doolittle has a perfect 0.00 ERA on the year and struck out one in a perfect inning of relief Friday night. The reliever appears to be in the spot of set up and will thus not be rewarded many saves this season and will likely rely on strikeout numbers and potential wins if the starter takes a no decision.
Sean Doolittle allowed four runs on two hits and two walks on Thursday against the Astros.
Doolittle just didn't have it in this one and, fair or not, his outings are going to get scrutinized heavily given his inconsistency and advancing age. He's a dark horse candidate to factor into the saves mix if Kyle Finnegan struggles, but he's obviously not worth drafting at the moment.
Sean Doolittle in agreement to return to the Washington Nationals, the team he spent 2018 through 2020 with.
Doolittle is not the lockdown closer we saw between 2017 and 2019, but the Nationals believe he still has something to offer in their bullpen. Last season, he posted a 4.53 ERA in 49.2 innings. Doolittle likely does not factor into saves, but could provide depth for the Nationals bullpen.