Tag:Aaron Cook
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 9:06 pm

With De La Rosa down, Rockies need Cook

By Matt Snyder

With the news that the Rockies have probably lost Jorge De La Rosa for the rest of the season, their playoff hopes took a huge blow. It's still definitely possible, of course, as he's only one starting pitcher. It's just that losing a left-handed starter with his quality stuff (5-2, 3.34 ERA with 49 strikeouts entering Tuesday afternoon) is a big deal. Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacin and Jason Hammel are now firmly entrenched as the Rockies' top three starters, while Clayton Mortensen has filled in admirably for the injured Esmil Rogers. It's possible the Rockies have their five whenever Rogers comes back -- or Greg Reynolds could fill the role -- but what about the nearly forgotten Aaron Cook?

Cook, 32, is on the 60-day disabled list with a broken ring finger on his pitching hand. But he's close to being back -- eligible to come off the DL May 30 -- and has made three rehab starts. His most recent came Monday, when he coughed up four runs in five innings while striking out six. In all, he has a 5.79 ERA in the three outings, though we shouldn't put a ton of stock in the numbers of rehab outings. A lot of times the pitcher is just working himself into game shape without being overly concerned with the result -- like spring training.

Cook does have the pedigree of a guy who could step in and step up for his team. He was an All-Star in 2008, when he was 16-9 with a 3.96 ERA and worked 211 1/3 innings. When he's healthy, he's a bit of a workhorse in that he can pitch deep into games. He's averaged 6 1/3 innings per start since 2005, for example.

On the other hand, Cook has always allowed too many baserunners (1.45 career WHIP) and was largely ineffective in 2010 (5.08 ERA). He's a sore spot for many Rockies fans, due to those two numbers in addition to his nearly $10 million salary for this season. There's a mutual option for 2012, which means unless Cook steps up in a big way from here on out, he's a free agent once the season ends.

It's time for Cook to start earning that hefty paycheck. The Rockies need a rotational reinforcement immediately. Cook needs to be the guy -- for Colorado's sake and for his own.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:26 am

Yanks GM says Hughes will be out 'a while'

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Phil HughesBecause no day should pass without an update on Phil HughesYankees general manager Brian Cashman said he doesn't expect to see Hughes back pitching anytime soon.

Hughes underwent a dye MRI exam, a CT scan, nerve tests and other tests in the last two days. The most recent theory is that Hughes has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve and circulatory condition, and will be sent to a specialist in St. Louis, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch writes.

"We can't tell you if he has it or if he doesn't have it," manager Joe Girardi said. "But we're sending him to a specialist."

Earlier in the day, Cashman wasn't optimistic about a quick return for Hughes.

"They are trying very hard to find out what is going on," Cashman told the New York Post. "It's always concerning when you don't have somebody pitching active for you. He's not active, and it doesn't look like he will be for a while."

Hughes went on the disabled list April 15 with "dead arm" but had been showing a dead arm all season. He cut short a bullpen session on Monday, leading to this round of tests.

In three starts this season, Hughes was 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. Last season the 24-year-old right-hander was 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA.

Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook had surgery for TOS in 2004.

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Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:18 am

Pepper: Nationals may leave spring-training home


By Evan Brunell

LONELY ROAD: The complexion of spring training has changed drastically over the last couple decades. There has been a seismic shift with central- and west-based clubs flocking to Arizona where the weather is friendlier and the commute between spring training homes shorter. 

Meanwhile, in Florida, the eastern coast is struggling to keep its business with only the Mets, Cardinals, Marlins and Nationals its occupants. The other clubs are based in west Florida and the Nationals are one team weighing its options on relocation. Although Washington's lease on its spring training complex in Viera, Fla., runs through 2017, that is not expected to be a major hurdle should the club deem its time in Florida untenable.

The major issue at hand is transportation, as Washington routinely requires over 1 1/2 hours of travel time to get to other spring complexes for exhibition games. Those missed hours all add up significantly in expenses as well as lost time. (FloridaToday.com)

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal steps into the time machine and revisits the Yankees' occupation of Fort Lauderdale as spring training home from 1962-95. The one unfortunate byproduct of time marching on is sometimes it forces us to abandon places with great historical weight, such as Fort Lauderdale or the Dodgers' famed -- and now abandoned -- spring training home of Vero Beach, Fla.

I AM NO. 5: With the news that Aaron Cook will miss extended time due to injury, there is a battle for the No. 5 spot in Colorado. Felipe Paulino is out of the race, as he is now being converted to a reliever. That leaves two favorites for the spot in Esmil Rogers and Greg Reynolds. Despite Reynolds' strong season, it may be prudent to keep him in Triple-A for now. (Denver Post)

HEY, WHAT ABOUT ME? Yesterday, all attention was on Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan for alleging his hit-by-pitch in Sunday's game was on purpose for a dustup last season. But lost in all this was Danny Espinosa also being plunked, this one in the head. Espinosa turned out fine, but admitted to being surprised. (Washington Times)

PRETTY BOY: You won't find Eric Hosmer in Hollywood any time soon. The first baseman is jockeying with fellow teammate Mike Moustakas for title of best hitting prospect in the Royals system and is already on manager Ned Yost's good side. "The thing that I like about [Hosmer] is that being pretty is not high on his list of priorities," Yost said. (MLB.com)

FLOWERS BLOOMING: Count White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen among Tyler Flowers' fans. Flowers was once a top catching prospect whose luster wore off in recent years, but a strong spring training has Guillen excited about the future. (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

RUN GRADY, RUN: Grady Sizemore ran the bases successfully Sunday and is on track to play in a spring-training game in several days. It will mark his first game since May 16, so will need some time to get acclimated. He is not expected to be ready for Opening Day but could be ready to go shortly thereafter. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PLAY OR GO HOME: Braden Looper hopes to make the Cubs after taking a year off. The former closer and starter appears to have a good shot of making the club and is drawing interest from other teams. One issue: Looper isn't interested in playing anywhere but Chicago and will go home to his family if he doesn't make the Cubs. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ONE IN, TWO OUT: Reds manager Dusty Baker appears settled on Chris Heisey making the team as a backup outfielder. That would leave Fred Lewis and Jeremy Hermida on the outside looking in. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

SURGERY DEFERRED: Braves minor-league manager Luis Salazar will undergo eye surgery (again) Tuesday. This is a delaying of surgery originally scheduled for Sunday as doctors wanted to wait for swelling to go down. He is expected to make a full recovery after taking a line drive off the face last Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

NOT DONE: So, has the 48-year-old Jamie Moyer changed his mind about coming back to baseball after undergoing Tommy John surgery? Nope. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:00 pm

Cook breaks finger, out indefinitely

By Matt Snyder

Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook suffered a broken right ring finger Friday morning and will be out indefinitely. He broke the finger when he accidentally shut his hand in a door at his Arizona home. The right-hander hadn't yet thrown in game action this spring due to soreness in his throwing arm.

Cook, 32, went 6-8 with a 5.08 ERA and 1.56 WHIP last season in 23 starts and 127 2/3 innings. He's only made more than 30 starts in a season twice, last occurring in 2008. He was an All-Star that season, going 16-9 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. He holds the franchise record for wins (69) and innings pitched (1,215 1/3).

Cook is likely to become a free agent at the end of this season. He's due to make $9.25 million this year and there's an $11 million mutual option for 2012 -- otherwise a $500,000 buyout. Considering age, injury history and production, it's pretty difficult to see Cook coming back and having a season that justifies the Rockies paying him that kind of money.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:52 am

R.I.P. Rockies: Talented trio not enough

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Colorado Rockies.

For a while there, it looked like the Rockies were going to do it again.

A 15-12 August, followed by a 10-game winning streak in early September, got the Rockies in position to pull off another of their late-season runs toward the playoffs. They were just a game back in the National League West on September 18, and Troy Tulowitzki was playing like Superman.

But alas, it was not to be. In fact, they finished in exactly the opposite fans hoped, dropping an amazing 13 of 14 to finish the season in third place, nine games out.


The Rockies got some amazing performances from their star players, but didn’t get enough help beyond those guys.

Second base was a disaster, as Clint Barmes batted .235. Todd Helton struggled with a bum back and saw his average drop 69 points. Outfielder Brad Hawpe, an All-Star a year earlier, was so bad the team released him in August. The guy who finished 2009 as the closer, Franklin Morales, got demoted. Chris Iannetta signed a three-year contract and completely forgot how to hit. Beyond the stellar Ubaldo Jimenez, none of the starters managed to finish more than a game over .500.

Troy Tulowitzki And then there were the injuries, of which the Rockies had more than their share. Aaron Cook had his leg broken by a line drive. Huston Street started the season hurt and his replacement, Manny Corpas, ended up with Tommy John surgery.  Tulowitzki broke his wrist. Four of the five starting pitchers went on the disabled list.

The other major factor was Colorado’s miserable performance on the road. A year after notching a winning road record, they went just 31-50.


Three things went very right: Tulowitzki, Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez.

Jimenez provided the highlight of the year April 17 when he pitched the franchise’s first no-hitter (after 18 years) in Atlanta. Jimenez was untouchable in the first half of the season, going into the All-Star break 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA. Reality caught up to him in the second half, when he went 4-7, but he still finished as a 19-game winner.

Tulowitzki had one of the most spectacular months anyone has ever put together, with 15 homers and 40 RBI in the season’s final 30 games. The Rockies only had six other players with as many as 40 RBI FOR THE SEASON, let alone in a month. Tulowitzki overcame the wrist injury to finish with a .315 average and a .919 OPS.

Gonzalez arrived in a big way in his first full season, putting together an MVP-worthy campaign. He won the batting title, had 117 RBI and finished with a .974 OPS, leading the league in total bases. On July 31, he hit a walkoff homer to complete a cycle. He was just fun to watch all season.

Chris Nelson’s time may have arrived after the problems the Rockies had at second base. Nelson batted .280 in 17 major-league games and .313 the rest of the season at Triple-A.

The Rockies have a nice core to work with, and the NL West showed itself to be up for grabs this season. A little better luck with injuries, another bat and better play on the road, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t contend next year.

Todd Helton SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Rockies need to get deeper. They have some weapons, but this year showed they need a better supporting cast.

Word is they’re looking for another impact bat and interested in Victor Martinez. If Martinez is open to converting eventually to be a full-time first baseman, it would be a great fit. They could let Miguel Olivo go, hope Martinez can mentor Iannetta, and prepare for life after Helton.

Seth Smith is probably no longer in the plans as an everyday outfielder, and there are some options out there.

The Rockies also have to figure out the rotation, as they’re probably going to lose Jorge De La Rosa and have an option on Jeff Francis that’s probably too rich for the Rockies’ blood.


The Rockies could actually be headed for a step back, simply because Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and Jimenez are statistically unlikely to repeat what they did this season. If the supporting players don’t step up, it could be another third-place finish.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:26 pm

Rockies' Cook expects to miss rest of 2010

Aaron Cook Anyone who saw video of Joey Votto's one-hopper off the leg of Rockies starter Aaron Cook did a double-take when they saw the words from manager Jim Tracy that his season may not be over.

Cook suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula on Wednesday. He says he'll try to return this season, but doesn't sound too convinced of it in this article by the Denver Post 's Jim Armstrong .
"I'll do everything I can and hope for the best, but I guess, being realistic, get ready for spring training," Cook said. "It's disappointing, but I'm a baseball player. That's baseball." Cook was in his second start after a minor-league rehab assignment. Cook has been on the disabled list five times in his career, but this is his first broken bone, he said. He will wear a protective book for four weeks.

Cook added that Votto left a message for him with a  Rockies official.
"He made a phone call to say he felt bad," Cook said. "I guess he said he didn't do it on purpose. As if anybody would do anything like that on purpose."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:17 am

Cook suffers fractured fibula

Aaron Cook If you can't beat 'em, bean 'em.

Colorado Rockies starter -- and Hamilton, Ohio native -- Aaron Cook improved to 4-0 in his career against his hometown team on Wednesday, but he didn't get to enjoy it.

Cook was knocked out of the game in the sixth inning -- not by a barrage of runs, but by a Joey Votto one-hopper that hit him in the lower right leg.

According to the Denver Post 's Jim Armstrong , Cook suffered a non-displaced fracture of the right fibula. Jim Tracy told the media it may not be season-ending.

"We're going to have to deal with that and see where it takes us as far as time frame and things like that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We have to take it a day at a time and see where that all goes."

Cook won back-to-back games for the first time this season, having beaten the Padres in his first game off the disabled list last week. Cook missed a month with a right toe injury.

"It's pretty sad," catcher Miguel Olivo said. "He's pitching so well right now. His sinker has been really good and his slider has been amazing. We're going to miss him a lot."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:53 pm

Cook's days numbered in Rockies rotation

Aaron Cook
Aaron Cook is a fixture in the Rockies' rotation, but the team has apparently decided enough is enough after a horrendous stretch by the right-hander.

A source tells the Denver Post that Cook, the club's all-time leader in wins and longest-serving pitcher, will be sent to the bullpen to work out his problems. Cook is 4-8 with a 5.34 ERA -- not shocking overall numbers, but not what you expect out of a guy who has won 27 games the past two seasons. His past three starts, however, have been horrific -- 0-3 with a 13.98 ERA. He has allowed five earned runs in four of his past eight starts.

With Colorado holding onto fading playoff hopes -- they're 7 1/2 back in the National League West and 6 1/2 back in the wild card -- the Rockies can't afford to keep sending Cook out there and risking another debacle like Tuesday's 10-0 loss to the Giants.

"If I had the answer [to the command issues], I would fix it," Cook told the Post, saying his control is fine in sessions between starts. "It's aggravating."

Cook's replacement in the rotation would likely be Jhoulys Chacin, who went 5-7 as a starter in May and June before being sent to the bullpen and then recently to Triple-A. He started for Colorado Springs on Saturday.

-- David Andriesen

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