Hahn sees bright side of rough outing vs. M's

Hahn sees bright side of rough outing vs. M's

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jesse Hahn wasn't as concerned about his final line in Peoria on Wednesday night as he was encouraged by how he felt.

"I felt great," Hahn said. "I'm just going to take the positives out of it. I was throwing strikes, whatever I wanted to do with my fastball, I was doing it. I just got hit. I just got beat out there."

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To the tune of seven runs, to be exact, with just five outs recorded against the division-rival Mariners. Hahn allowed seven hits in that span, walked two and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings, needing 68 pitches to do so.

But Hahn, who missed the second half of the 2015 season with a forearm strain, said his arm "feels great, and that's all I care about."

The right-hander has been working to rid himself of the early-going blues and, even though four of his first six batters reached base, he felt locked in with his fastball.

His sixth batter, former Athletic Seth Smith, lined a ball to right field that went past a diving Jake Smolinsk, resulting in a two-out, two-run triple. The second inning began in a similarly inauspicious manner, with Hahn committing a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.

Hahn is scheduled for two more starts ahead of his regular-season debut.

"I came out throwing strikes, and that's something I haven't been doing all spring, and I finally did that for the first time today," he said. "It was just one of those bad outings. I was very satisfied with my stuff. I was satisfied with my fastball location."

Doolittle back in game action

After being slowed by a slight triceps strain, A's closer Sean Doolittle returned to the mound for the first time since March 13 on Wednesday and threw about 22 pitches in a Minor League game, according to manager Bob Melvin.

"He gave up a run, but felt great and in those types of games that's all you're looking for, for them to get their work in," Melvin said. "He felt really good."

Relievers Ryan Madson and John Axford pitched in the same game, each allowing one run. Doolittle's next outing will be in a Cactus League game.

Worth noting

Outfielder Sam Fuld received a cortisone shot and a platelet rich plasma injection for his sprained left shoulder and, although he told Melvin on Wednesday he "feels good," he's still expected to be out at least three weeks, which would keep him off the Opening Day roster. Fuld flew home to Florida later in the day for the birth of his fourth child with his wife, Sarah.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.