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Athletics' Ryan Cook will be ready for Opening Day

By on 2/16/2014 04:30:00 PM

Oakland Athletics reliever Ryan Cook suffered a mild shoulder problem during the offseason, but that will not stop him from appearing on the 25-man roster on Opening Day. Athletics beat writer Jane Lee of reports that Cook, after not throwing for nearly a month, resumed throwing from distances of 75 feet on Saturday as pitchers and catchers held their first full day of workouts.

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Cook experienced some mild right shoulder inflammation in January, and he has had time for it to heal. He was throwing at 120-foot distances when he first felt the pain. After rest, he is ready to resume his training. Said Cook,
"Had [the inflammation] happened now, maybe I'm not back in time. Now I have time to get back and should be ready to go in just a couple weeks.
"I don't feel any pain right now. Today I actually felt better than I have in a really long time. I feel great. It's night and day. In fact, I ask myself, 'How long was I dealing with it without knowing?' My arm felt alive, and I haven't really felt that out of my hand in awhile."
Cook may not appear in the first few exhibition games since he is behind schedule and needs to regain his arm strength. However, as a reliever averaging less than an inning per appearance, he will not need too much time to return to action. Opening Day is his goal, and he appears on track to meet that goal.

In 2013, Cook was 6-4 with a 2.54 ERA, 1.292 WHIP, and 2 saves in 71 appearances. He also averaged a strikeout per inning for the season. He has been one of Oakland's most dependable relievers in the past two years.

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