Ryan Cook RP OAK 4 weeks ago

Cook was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Cook struggled mightily in five appearances with the major league team this spring, giving up a whopping 13 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits in 5.1 innings. The team will send him down to work on some mechanical adjustments, but it sounds like Cook could return in short order if he's able to get things ironed out. On the bright side, he did issue just one walk in Cactus League action.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 4 weeks ago

Cook isn't considered a lock to break camp as a member of the bullpen for the Athletics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

After delivering stellar numbers in middle relief for the Athletics over the last three seasons, Cook was once viewed as a potential candidate to close at the beginning of 2015 with Sean Doolittle (shoulder) likely to open the year on the DL. Instead, a horrendous spring training during which he's surrendered 13 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits over 5.1 innings has put his standing on the 25-man roster in peril. Unlike some of the other competitors for the remaining bullpen spots, Cook has minor-league options remaining, which further hurts his chances of coming away with a gig. He'll need to turn the corner over the next two weeks of Cactus League play if he hopes to avoid heading back to Triple-A for the first time since 2011.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 2 months ago

Cook will be in the A's closer competition this spring due to Sean Doolittle likely opening the year on the DL, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com.

Tyler Clippard is likely the favorite for saves, but Cook did serve as the A's closer for a half in 2012 and is coming off an excellent 2014 where he struck out a batter per inning and had a 1.08 WHIP. Cook's walks (4.0 BB/9 in 2014) are the biggest issue with him closing, but he did improve his control in the second half in 2014 with only 6 walks in 22.2 innings after the All Star Break.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 3 months ago

Cook agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Athletics on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Cook pitched a solid 2014 campaign with the A's in 2014, finishing with a 3.42 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 50 strikeouts over 50 innings. However, he also walked 22 over the same timeframe, an issue he will have to correct. He sports a mid-90s fastball, but figures to serve more in middle relief for the club in 2015.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 7 months ago

Cook came on in a save opportunity on Sunday and was terrible, allowing three walks while only retiring one hitter.

Cook filled in for Eric O'Flaherty who was nursing a sore back and failed badly. He walked the first guy he faced on four pitches, retired Jon Singleton and then walks two more guys before getting yanked. If the A's need a fill-in closer any time soon, it will not likely be Cook they turn to.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 8 months ago

Cook threw a scoreless 10th inning with two strikeouts and earned the win on Monday night.

Cook has not given up a run since June 22 and has now thrown 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA on the season to 2.48 and looks to be totally back to his dominant form of the past. He is a sneaky add in deeper leagues if teams are looking for ratio help and if Sean Doolittle were to falter of get hurt, Cook could have a shot to slide into some save opportunities.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 10 months ago

Ryan Cook got his first save of the season, recording four outs in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Sean Doolittle was unavailable, having pitched two days in a row and blowing the save on Saturday. Cook entered with two outs in the eighth inning, getting Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to end the inning. He then enjoyed a tidy 1-2-3 ninth inning. Cook sports a 3.91 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and a 25/15 K/BB ratio. Barring a rash of injuries, Cook is unlikely to get more than one or two more save chances the rest of the way.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 11 months ago

Athletics activated RHP Ryan Cook from the 15-day disabled list.

As expected. Cook has been out for about a month with a right forearm strain, but he had no issues during a rehab game on Saturday. He'll return to a 2.92 ERA and 15/9 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 11 months ago

Ryan Cook (forearm) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said so during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday morning. Cook has been out for about a month with a right forearm strain, but he made it through a minor league rehab appearance on Saturday without incident.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 11 months ago

Ryan Cook (forearm) is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday.

Cook threw another bullpen session on Thursday morning and reported feeling great. He is on track to return to the A's bullpen early next week. The right-handed setup man has been out since May 8 with a forearm strain.