Cotton (elbow) allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk over 2.2 innings in High-A Stockton's win over Inland on Firday. He struck out three. It was Cotton's first official game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2018. The right-hander's one mistake came in the form of a two-run home run he allowed to Kevin Williams, Jr. in the first inning, but he was otherwise solid while facing 11 batters overall. It's the beginning of what's expected to be a fairly extensive rehab assignment for Cotton, who appears likely for a mid-June return if his work continues without setbacks.
Cotton (elbow) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at High-A Stockton on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cotton has reached the final phase of his recovery process from the Tommy John surgery he required in March 2018. After testing his elbow out in controlled settings at extended spring training, he'll now prepare for a multi-start stint in the minors that will likely include stops at higher-level affiliates. If Cotton incurs no setbacks during the outing and the Athletics are satisfied with his velocity and command, he could be an option for the big-league rotation as soon as mid-June.
Cotton (elbow) has advanced to three-inning appearances in extended spring training games, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cotton has continued a slow progression in his rehab work after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. The 27-year-old has no official timetable for his return to the A's but could seemingly rejoin the team sometime in June or July.
Cotton (elbow) has twice thrown to hitters recently, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The encouraging news was delivered by manager Bob Melvin on Sunday and provides an indication of where Cotton is in his recovery. The level of progress implies a midseason return could still be in the cards for the right-hander, who'll be looking to bounce back from the disappointing 9-10 record, 5.58 ERA and 1.44 WHIP he posted in his last major-league season in 2017.
Cotton was transferred to the 60-day injured list Wednesday. This frees up a spot on the team's 40-man roster for Kendrys Morales, who was acquired from the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Cotton currently has no timetable for his return as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last March.
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