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Ryan Cook rejoins A’s after shoulder injury

Apr 7, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Oakland has another option if closer Jim Johnson continues to struggle, activating Ryan Cook from the disabled list after the right-hander missed the first week of the season with a strained shoulder.

Cook has been one of the best setup men in the league since the A’s acquired him from the Diamondbacks in 2012, posting a 2.30 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 141 innings. He also has some closing experience and definitely has closer-caliber raw stuff.

For now he’ll slide back into a late-inning setup role in what has the potential to be one of the best, deepest bullpens in baseball if Johnson can get his act together.

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  1. clydeserra - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    He was the closer for a time in 2012 when Balfour faltered. In fact, he was the 2012 west division champions only all star representative because SAVES!

    • aceinthehole12 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I love Cookie but he struggled in the second half closing, I like him better in the 8th and 9th in a non save situation.

  2. APBA Guy - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    I agree with both you guys above. Cook will be a useful alternative to Johnson while he works on keeping the ball down, and I prefer him in a set up role since he has struggled himself as a closer.

    • clydeserra - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      frankly, they all look set uppy to me. Abad has been a surprise. Doolittle isn’t missing as many bats. and Cook was a rollercoaster last year.

  3. APBA Guy - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Yeah, I hear you. I’m not crazy about what I’ve seen of Gregerson so far. He nibbles a lot, kind of like a right-handed Jamie Moyer.

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