Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Aaron Cook received some good news following his visit to a doctor, as the second opinion confirmed the initial diagnosis that there’s no structural damage in his shoulder.
There’s still no timetable yet for his return from what is now being called merely inflammation, but Rockies trainer Keith Dugger stressed to Renck that Cook “has not been shut down.”
However, according to Renck the injury means “Cook is behind, with Felipe Paulino the favorite to grab his rotation spot.” That seems like perhaps a bit of a stretch, as Paulino is 6-21 with a 5.83 ERA in 208 career innings, so presumably if Cook can get back on schedule within the next week or so the Rockies will give him every opportunity to remain in the rotation.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.