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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."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."
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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