PHOENIX -- Sean Doolittle got through his Monday bullpen session pain-free, putting the left-handed reliever back on track at A's Spring Training following a mild left calf strain.
Doolittle, in fact, hasn't felt any discomfort for three days, allowing him to take to the mound without hesitation. For him, the bigger question mark was how his arm was going to feel a full week after his last bullpen session.
The answer: Just fine.
"It feels great," Doolittle said. "It feels really good. I was disappointed with the way I located things today, but the way my body felt, the way my arm felt, it was real free. After having a full week off, I was real pleased with the way things felt."
"All we were looking for was to make sure he's OK, and no problems with him," said manager Bob Melvin. "We didn't feel like it was a big problem, but this early in spring you always want to make sure you're proactive and give him an extra day."
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