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Ryan Cook is finally throwing again after shoulder problems

Mar 19, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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Out since mid-February with a shoulder injury, A’s right-hander Ryan Cook threw 21 pitches in a simulated game against teammates today and said afterward that he felt good.

In fact, Cook felt so good that he told John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News he’s game-ready and still holding out a slim hope of avoiding beginning the season on the disabled list.

Oakland has spent a ton of money and resources on building an excellent, deep bullpen, so the A’s can deal with not having Cook for a while, but he’s a huge part of their plans after appearing in 71 games during each of the past two seasons with a combined 2.54 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

  1. clydeserra - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    they all want to go for the home opener.

    I would hope that the A’s hold him back for the stretch.

    • atmrover2013 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      I agree: it’s a LOOoong season ..

      I hope the shocking disappointment of Jarrod Parker’s injury doesn’t keep us out of the playoffs this year. Here I was, thinking the low budget A’s would outdo their richer, more popular SF Giants brethren for a consecutive year –

      brimming with optimism that this would be the year we were actually favored to win the division – and would go past the first round of the playoffs. And now this, Parker being out for the year, possibly next year too, uggh ..

      But hope springs eternal. And a lot of other MLB teams have suffered injuries and setbacks in Spring Training, including this latest unfortunate happenstance with Aroldis Chapman. The Giants won in 2012, even without the Melk-man in the 2nd half;

      so, anything is possible. And the A’s came into Spring with some of the greatest pitching depth in the league. Only, none of us thought they’d have to be digging into that depth even before the season started. But, well, go A’s! :)

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