In the first shocking move of the Spring for the Oakland Athletics, the A’s designated Ryan Cook to Triple-A Nashville. Manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser that Cook was sent down to work on some things. Melvin noted that Cook was instrumental to the team’s success and that it was difficult to send him out and he expects him back.
Cook posted a 3.42 ERA in 2014 over 50 innings. This figure was nearly run higher then 2013 when he posted a 2.54 ERA.
The move leaves two likely slots open in the bullpen after Clippard, Otero, Abad, and O’Flaherty. Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz whomever does not make the rotation will likely be the team’s long reliever leaving Evan Scribner, R.J. Alvarez, Brock Huntzinger and the switch pitching Pat Venditte as the leading candidates to fill out the bullpen. Closer Sean Doolittle will start the season on the DL.cheap cialis soft tabs