Doolittle works out kinks in first rehab outing

Left-hander recovering from strained shoulder

Doolittle works out kinks in first rehab outing

OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Sean Doolittle said he felt a little out of sync, but felt good physically during his first rehab appearance with Class A Advanced Stockton on Friday.

"I was frustrated by that part," Doolittle said. "I thought it was going to be more in rhythm, just because I've been feeling so good doing all my other throwing things."

Doolittle (strained left shoulder) needed only seven pitches to retire the side in order in the fourth inning of his rehab outing. He said he'll pitch again for Stockton on Sunday, but A's manager Bob Melvin said that hasn't been finalized quite yet.

Melvin said Doolittle hit 90 mph, which was a positive, but Doolittle said the ball wasn't coming out as cleanly as he wanted it to.

It helped that the hitters swung at nearly everything.

"It was only [seven] pitches," Doolittle said, "but you've got to get your body back in the mode of throwing before the game and then sitting around and then when the phone rings being able to flip that switch."

He expects everything to be a lot cleaner next time. Doolittle said it was difficult throwing at 3:30 p.m., and then coming in for the fourth inning four-and-a-half hours later, but he expects that will be much easier in his next outing.

The left-hander plans to do a better job next time of managing his body to make sure he's ready to go at any point. That's the point of rehab assignments, he said, to work these things out before pitching at the big league level again.

"Get the first one out of the way, get a little more comfortable," Melvin said, "but he didn't give up any hits, didn't walk anybody, threw the ball over the plate, felt good, which is most important."

Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.