A’s conversion project Sean Doolittle makes the bigs


Sean Doolittle was drafted by the A’s in 2007. A first baseman, primarily, he has some flashes of good power — In 2008 he hit .286 with 22 homers and 91 RBIs across two levels — but then injuries derailed him.

A pitcher in college, the A’s figured they’d see if he could pitch again. He threw a single inning in the rookie league in 2011 and began to pitch in earnest this year.  He has pitched 25 innings in 16 games across A-ball, Double-A and Triple-A. In that time he has a 0.72 ERA and has struck out 48 batters and walked 7.  To repeat: he struck out 48 batters in 25 innings.

Now he’s in the bigs.  The A’s just called him up from Sacramento to replace the injured Jordan Norberto.  Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com has his story.

What a turnaround.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.