Sean Doolittle successfully threw a 20-pitch bullpen

5 Comments’s Jane Lee reports that Athletics closer Sean Doolittle threw a 20-pitch bullpen on Saturday morning and did not have any issues. He will travel with the team and arrive in Chicago for a four-game series against the White Sox starting on Monday, which seems to indicate that he could be activated at some point during the week.

Doolittle has been on the disabled list since August 24 with a strained right intercostal muscle. He’s currently on a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless appearances, and owns an impressive 2.28 ERA with 20 saves and an 80/5 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings this season.

The Athletics have lost seven of their last eight games, so they have not had much use for an interim closer. They enter Saturday’s action six games out of first place in the AL West, trailing the Angels.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.

After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.

Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.

The full statement:

Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.

We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.

We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.

Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.