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Aaron Cook gets gash in leg patched up, returns to game

May 5, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

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Aaron Cook was spiked by Chris Davis on a play at home plate in the second inning Saturday, opening a gash just below his left knee, but he was allowed to continue in the game after going to the Red Sox clubhouse and getting patched up.

As Cook walked off the field with the trainer, Red Sox reliever Clayton Mortensen jogged in from the bullpen to take over on the mound. However, as Mortensen approached the mound, the Red Sox waved him into the dugout. Cook returned to the field within about five minutes, threw two warmup pitches and then got a groundout to end the second inning.

Cook, making his Red Sox debut, opened the game by getting three straight groundouts in the first. He allowed a pair of two-out singles in the second, and a passed ball that followed resulted in a run scoring and Cook’s injury as he was trying to cover home plate. As a result, the Red Sox were down 1-0 after 1 1/2 innings.

Update: Cook probably should have stayed in the clubhouse after the injury. Struggling to keep his sinker down, he gave up four runs before being pulled in the third inning and then was charged with two more after Mortensen came in. Adam Jones‘ bomb off a hanging curve probably still hasn’t landed.

  1. randygnyc - May 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    His leg was filleted. Then proceeded to get bombed.

    What was most surprising was they gave the Sox 5 minutes or so to patch him up. That part of the leg doesn’t bleed too much(my daughter cut that part of her leg that required over 200 stitches with little blood)

  2. dawglb - May 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Hockey players do this on a nightly basis, …. A baseball player does it, and it’s news. (this is a comment on the article, not the post above).

  3. uyf1950 - May 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Through 25 complete games plus 4 innings of this game the Red Sox pitching staff ERA is: Starting Rotation: 5.72 ERA and the Bullpen: 5.24 ERA.

  4. randygnyc - May 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Sure, lots of people treat cuts/gashes with crazy glue, rub some dirt on it and get back out there, but this was a significant injury and my concern was with the team essentially getting a time up. Very unusual. Buck didn’t like it much.

  5. bigleagues - May 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Gash or not, Cook stinks.

    This start was a bad idea. Almost anyone else would have given them a better chance to win this game.

    • bigleagues - May 5, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Thumb down?

      Who gave me the thumb down? Come out of hiding and make your case that Cook DOESN’T stink.

      I’ve already posted at length, with numbers to back up my argument that Aaron Cook should never get a start in the American League East.

      So bring it on.

      • petey1999 - May 6, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        How about as a middle reliever? Or should he just quit and go home? You sound like the guy screwed your wife or something.

      • bigleagues - May 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        I’m sorry, but I do in fact feel violated and betrayed by a Red Sox front office that would sign Aaron Cook as ‘organizational depth’ in the first place.

        And what is this love affair with Aaron Cook, anyhow? It can’t possibly be based on any rational evaluations of his performance. Boston media had been recklessly hyping his AAA performance as some unavoidable elephant in the room – and yet everything about his performance at AAA was pedestrian except his ERA. Oooohh, look at the nice shiny ERA. We can’t let this guy get away!

        His Sinker was 85% of the pitches he threw yesterday and just 56% of them for Strikes. Look it up.

        He threw 3 Fastballs, 2 Curves and 2 sliders. If you are gonna throw any pitch 85% of the time, it better be a plus plus pitch. Cook’s sinker is no where near that good.

        Here is Cook’s total standard stats over the previous two seasons:

        9-18, 40 Starts, 5.39 ERA, 88K’s/89BBs, 1/1 K/BB ratio, 270 Hits in 223 1/3IP, 1.61 WHIP

        Tell me . . . what exactly about those numbers, screams “Give me a start in the AL East?”

        His K/BB ratio is less than 1-1.

        Last week I listened in sheer horror as a host on one of the PR partners of the Red Sox, their flagship radio station WEEI, attempted to scare the audience into believing that if Cook walked, the Yankees would scoop him up. We should only be so lucky! And while the Yankees have struggled with their pitching decisions in recent years, they aren’t that inept.

        Does he have some value as a middle reliever? Perhaps. But again, given the numbers I posted above, why bother? Should he quit and go home? That’s a question only he can answer for himself.

        My thing is this . . . are we better off with a guy in long relief who’s career appears to be no longer as a Major League Starting Pitcher . . . at least not in the AL East . . . or with a younger hurler with upside, whose development could benefit from the experience gained in the middle innings against MLB hitters?

  6. uyf1950 - May 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Here is a question for Red Sox fans or anyone else. The Red Sox had to call up Aaron Cook by May 1st or else he could have opted out of his contract. Well he was called up and obviously performed miserably. Can the Red Sox now send him back to Triple A or is there some stipulation in his contract that he must remain with the big league club for a specific time period?

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 5, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      With his service time, Cook would have to go through waivers to be sent to the minors, and he could reject any such assignment.

      • uyf1950 - May 5, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Thank you.

  7. zackd2 - May 5, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    At least we can all stop hearing “Skip [Enter SP Name], call Cook up – he has a 1.33 ERA in AAA!”

    • bigleagues - May 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM


  8. sophiethegreatdane - May 6, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Cook wasn’t gashed by Davis from what I saw. Even in the picture above, Cook’s left leg is well away from where Davis’ foot could have gashed him in front of his left knee. No, he gashed himself on the corner of home plate doing that awkward knee slide. I found it odd the announcers didn’t address the way he attempted to cover home, as if he was doing a knee-first “rock star” slide across a slippery concert stage. Anyone with half a brain knows you don’t slide knees first with your ankles tucked under your butt. Especially not across e
    home plate — those raised edges are hard and distinct, and in this case far more likely to have caused the injury.

    The only way Davis would be able to cut Cook’s knee in that location is if Davis was sliding directly AT Cook, head on — not from his right side as is pictured. Further, since Cook’s shins were face down toward the ground during his silly slide, how would Davis’ cleat have gotten under the leg, facing up in such a way to as to create a cut just beneath the knee?

  9. bmorethansteel - May 6, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Headline should read:
    New look O’s crush Bleeding Sox
    Who is Cook and why do we care? Aw, poor baby cut his leg. Have you nothing better to report?

  10. hushbrother - May 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Reminiscent of Al Nipper getting spiked by Larry Parrish in ’86. Except Nipper writhed on the ground in agony for several minutes and went on the DL.

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