|June 4 5:51 PM PT6:51 PM MT7:51 PM CT8:51 PM ET20:51 ET0:51 GMT8:51 CST5:51 PM MST7:51 PM EST8:21 PM VEN4:51 UAE (+1)7:51 PM CT-The Oakland Athletics have called up Doolittle from Triple-A Sacramento to cap a rapid rise less than a year after making a switch to pitcher.
Analysis: Doolittle was originally drafted as a first baseman in 2007 and batted .272 with 30 homers and 138 RBIs in 233 games before a knee injury derailed his career. He played just 29 games from 2009-11 and transitioned to pitching last year. He made his pro pitching debut Aug. 29 in the instructional league. Doolittle had a 0.72 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Class A Stockton, Double-A Midland and Sacramento.