Ryan Cook RP OAK 4 Days

Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed Friday that he's still planning on using a closer by committee in the ninth inning, but that Ryan Cook is not yet a part of that mix.

Cook is working his way back from a right shoulder strain, having just been activated off the disabled list on Monday. Luke Gregerson, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero are expected to share chances in the ninth inning for the time being.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 5 Days

A's manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that he plans to use a committee at closer.

Jim Johnson was demoted from the ninth-inning role after yet another poor outing on Wednesday. The committee will be made up of Ryan Cook, Luke Gregerson, Dan Otero, and Sean Doolittle. Cook profiles best as a closer out of that group, but he was just activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 9 Days

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

Cook will join the A's bullpen on Monday. He battled a right shoulder strain this spring but is fully healthy now and should step right into a setup role. The right-hander is a decent fantasy stash with Oakland closer Jim Johnson experiencing early-season struggles.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 15 Days

Ryan Cook (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game Monday.

Cook has been nursing a right shoulder strain since early on in spring training, but it doesn't appear he's that far away from returning. He's eligible to be activated on Saturday and is seems like he should be ready then or shortly after.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 18 Days

Athletics placed RHP Ryan Cook on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, due to a right shoulder strain.

The issue is believed to be minor, and with the backdated DL stint, Cook is eligible to return to the A's bullpen as early as April 5. Luke Gregerson will function as the primary setup option until his return.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 24 Days

Ryan Cook (shoulder) will start the season on the disabled list, A's manager Bob Melvin said Sunday.

Cook has been working back from shoulder inflammation, and the few days he's behind are enough to keep him off the Opening Day roster. Cook won't pitch in another game this spring, though, so he'll be eligible to come off on April 5. He should be back pitching in O.co Coliseum in short order.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 24 Days

Ryan Cook threw 17 pitches in a minor league game on Saturday.

The right-hander registered four outs with his 17 pitches, including two strikeouts. Cook still has a few days to get into game shape before Opening Day after shoulder inflammation set him back earlier in spring. With each successful outing it's becoming more and more likely he'll be ready to go for the opener.

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Ryan Cook (shoulder) believes he'll make his spring debut on Saturday.

Cook successfully completed a 21-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and game action is next up on the docket. Oakland has eased Cook into action because of shoulder inflammation. The right-hander would seem to be about a 50/50 proposition to begin the season on the disabled list.

Ryan Cook RP OAK 28 Days

Ryan Cook (shoulder) is scheduled to make an appearance in a simulated game on Thursday.

Cook threw live batting practice on Sunday in A's camp and reported no issues. He has been taking it easy this spring because of shoulder inflammation, but the right-hander should be ready to join the A's bullpen by mid-April. He's expected to serve as the primary setup man to new Oakland closer Jim Johnson.

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Ryan Cook (shoulder) will throw live batting practice Sunday.

It's the first time he's done so since showing up with shoulder inflammation. Cook has made some nice progress and seems likely to appear in games soon, but he's not expected to be ready for the start of the season.