A pair of the Oakland Athletics setup relievers have had minor setbacks in spring training, but at this point manager Bob Melvin says he’s not concerned that either right-hander Ryan Cook or lefty Sean Doolittle are in danger of missing Opening Day.
According to the A’s official site, Cook has inflammation in his right shoulder that could keep him from throwing until late February while Doolittle strained his right calf earlier this week.
“We’ve shut (Cook) down here recently,” Melvin said. “He’ll probably be a couple of weeks behind guys, but we don’t think it’s a serious thing. We just want to make sure that he’s healthy come Opening Day. He’ll be a little bit behind everyone as far as when he gets on the mound again, but he’s thrown some bullpens to this point.”
Doolittle hurt his calf while running earlier this week and will likely be held out of throwing Saturday, but Melvin said he won’t be held out much longer.
Cook, an All-Star in his first season in Oakland in 2012, had a 2.54 ERA and 1.292 WHIP in 67.1 innings over 71 appearances last season, striking out 67 hitters. He saved two games and was credited with 23 holds.
Doolittle, a converted first baseman, posted a 3.13 ERA and 0.957 WHIP in 69 innings over 70 appearances in 2013, with 60 strikeouts. He had two saves and 26 holds while preventing a ridiculous 30 of 32 inherited runners from scoring.