ICYMI – because I did today. I wasn’t feeling well and missed all the big baseball news today (yes, I know about Hector Olivera but I’m sticking with A’s news in this post). So just in case you missed it here’s what happened in A’s land today … well, it all went down in Mesa, AZ but you get the idea:
Former All-Star reliever Ryan Cook was sent to minor league camp Tuesday and will be starting the season at Triple-A Nashville.
Cook has been struggling all spring despite reporting to camp healthier than he has been in recent years. He owns a 16.88 ERA after giving up three runs in just two innings of work on Monday.
For more on Ryan Cook and the A’s bullpen options you can read more on Baseball Hot Corner via the link below:
In other A’s news Coco Crisp, who has been limited to just 15 at-bats this spring due to a triceps injury, pinkeye and he was scratched from today’s game because of an elbow issue.
He was given a cortisone shot and will be kept out of the lineup for at least another few days. The same elbow soreness kept him out of games from March 9-16.
The A’s were already going to be keeping Crisps’ number of spring appearances at a minimum due to the neck injury he suffered last season crashing into the centerfield wall at Oakland’s O.Co Coliseum. The injury continued to plague Crisp all season limiting him to 463 at-bats. He hit .246/.336/.363 in 2014 for the Athletics.
Luckily for the A’s Crisp has a history of being able to recover quickly from injury and not have problems being ready to go at the plate. So while the injury isn’t a good thing for Oakland, it isn’t overly concerning. Manager Bob Melvin said,
“He’s the last guy we worry about as far as being ready, “We’ve seen him come right off the disabled list and get going. We just have to get to the finish line (opening day) with him healthy.”
Overall, Tuesday just wasn’t the best day for Oakland, however, it could have been a lot worse considering the injuries that are hitting so many other teams around the league.