Cotton (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Cotton has made five rehab appearances since July 9, though he's struggled to a 9.82 ERA, 2.05 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB across 7.1 innings in those outings. As such, the right-hander will continue to shake off the rust in the minors before joining the Athletics in a relief role for the stretch run.
Cotton (elbow) recorded four strikeouts and allowed an earned run on three hits over 1.2 innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over El Paso on Saturday.
The fact Cotton got 25 of his 35 pitches into the strike zone and racked up four whiffs on his six outs were both encouraging. The right-hander did continue to pitch to contact, however. He's now allowed multiple hits in four consecutive rehab outings, all which have been 1.2 innings or less in duration. With eight rehab appearances under his belt, Cotton could be on the verge of activation.
Cotton (elbow) allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk over an inning in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over El Paso on Tuesday.
Cotton followed A.J. Puk out of the bullpen Tuesday, but he couldn't quite duplicate the caliber of effort his fellow rehabber was able to generate. The right-hander has allowed multiple earned runs in four of his six rehab appearances, leading to a bloated 8.53 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across 12.2 minor-league innings thus far. Like Puk, Cotton is slated for a relief role at the big-league level upon activation.
Cotton (elbow) was charged with the loss for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday against Tacoma, allowing two earned runs on two hits over one inning while also recording a strikeout.
Cotton's rocky rehab assignment continued Tuesday, as he failed to preserve a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth. The right-hander allowed an RBI groundout and a solo home run -- the only two runs scored in the contest -- although he did strike out impressive Mariners prospect Jake Fraley to end the inning. Cotton threw 16 pitches overall and has 11.2 minor-league frames across six appearances (two starts) under his belt. However, given that he's allowed multiple earned runs in four of those outings, the Athletics may opt to have him log another appearance or two before considering activation.
Cotton (elbow) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks across 1.2 innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over Salt Lake on Saturday. He struck out three.
Cotton worked up to 37 pitches overall, getting 22 into the strike zone. The right-hander provided plenty of reason for optimism with his performance, despite the fact he was tagged for an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. Cotton has now recorded multiple strikeouts in four of five rehab appearances overall, giving him 12 K's over 10.2 innings. The outing was Cotton's second since resuming his assignment July 9, and he may need just one more turn with the Aviators before activation, considering he's arguably already stretched out enough to fill the relief role he's slated for when he makes it to the big-league club.
Cotton (elbow) will throw two innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
This will be his second appearance during this rehab assignment, and he will again be limited to two innings. Cotton could be activated sometime later this month if all goes well and is expected to be used as a reliever.
Cotton (elbow) allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk over two innings for High-A Stockton versus Visalia on Tuesday. He threw 31 pitches overall, 20 for strikes.
Cotton was finally able to get back into game action after setbacks derailed the previous iteration of his rehab assignment three outings in. The right-hander is likely looking at a handful of additional appearances in the minors before activation is considered, and as per previous reports, he's expected to be deployed as a reliever once he joins the Athletics.
Cotton (elbow) will start a rehab assignment at High-A Stockton on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Cotton completed a live bullpen session Thursday at Stockton and will remain with the affiliate for his rehab assignment. The 27-year-old has yet to see the field this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2018 and hamstring surgery in early June. Cotton may not require an extensive stint in the minors since he will be deployed out of the bullpen upon his return to the majors.
Cotton (elbow/hamstring) is slated to throw a live bullpen session at High-A Stockton on Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
If Cotton's surgically-repaired elbow and right hamstring both check out fine coming out of the session, he'll likely stick around with the affiliate to resume a minor-league rehab assignment next week. Cotton, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 after requiring Tommy John surgery last spring, made three rehab appearances in May before being shut down after requiring a minor debridement procedure to address the strained hamstring. The Athletics plan to bring him back as a reliever or deploy him as an opener once he's formally activated from the 60-day injured list, likely in August.
Cotton (elbow/hamstring) tossed a 27-pitch bullpen session Saturday and said he's hopeful to resume a rehab assignment around the All-Star break, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Cotton has been sidelined all season while recovering from 2018 Tommy John surgery, but he had been trending toward a return from the 60-day injured list at some point in June before developing a hamstring injury three appearances into his rehab assignment with High-A Stockton. A June return is now off the table after he required a minor procedure to address the hamstring injury, but it sounds like he's already progressing nicely from that setback. Per Slusser, manager Bob Melvin reiterated Saturday that Cotton will be used as a reliever once reinstated from the IL, so the right-hander probably won't require extensive time in the minors to build up his pitch count. Cotton could be viewed as a late-inning setup option or a candidate to serve as an opener in games for one of the Athletics' rotation members.
Cotton (elbow/hamstring) threw off flat ground Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Cotton is working his way back from last March's Tommy John surgery and this June's hamstring debridement surgery. The fact that he's resumed throwing within two weeks of the hamstring surgery suggests that the procedure isn't likely to throw off his timeline too much. He's expected to throw a bullpen session over the weekend.
Cotton (elbow) did some running Monday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Cotton was able to run for the first time since undergoing right hamstring debridement surgery June 6. He's also rehabbing from Tommy John surgery that took place in March of 2018, though a timetable for his return became murky after undergoing another procedure. The next step in his recovery process will depend on how he fares in Saturday's throwing session.
Cotton (elbow) underwent right hamstring debridement surgery Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
This comes after Cotton -- who was working his way back from Tommy John surgery he underwent in March of 2018 -- was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier in the month with a hamstring injury. The A's have yet to announce an updated timetable for Cotton's return at this point.
Cotton (elbow) will be shut down for an undisclosed period after suffering a right hamstring strain, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Cotton threw two innings during a rehab appearance at High-A Stockton on Tuesday, but it's unclear when he suffered the injury. The 27-year-old, who had Tommy John surgery in March 2018, appeared to be nearing a return to the Athletics since he was set to work out of the bullpen. Cotton is unlikely to have a return timeline until he's able to resume throwing.
Manager Bob Melvin said Cotton (elbow) will likely work out of the bullpen once healthy, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Cotton is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery he underwent in March of 2018. While the right-hander is still likely viewed as a starter in the long term, the A's want to monitor his innings carefully following the major elbow operation, so he'll be utilized out of the bullpen upon his activation from the 60-day injured list. After struggling in his first two rehab starts, Cotton struck out three across a pair of scoreless innings of relief in his third rehab outing. Seeing as Cotton will no longer need to stretch out to a starter's workload, he could be ready to join the big-league team sooner than expected.
Cotton (rehab) is expected to cover around 60 pitches in his next rehab start Tuesday with High-A Stockton, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Cotton has already made two rehab starts for the affiliate, topping out at 45 pitches in his most recent turn. While his results (five runs allowed in five innings) haven't been remarkable, the righty has reported no physical setbacks as he works back from Tommy John surgery. Because Cotton's innings will be monitored carefully following the major elbow operation, manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Sunday that may be a candidate for the bullpen, though the Athletics haven't formally decided on his role, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. After Tuesday's outing, Cotton is scheduled to move his rehab to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he'll likely make at least two starts.
Cotton (elbow) started High-A Stockton's loss to Lake Elsinore on Thursday and allowed three earned runs on four hits over 2.1 innings. He struck out two.
Cotton's second rehab start was postponed 24 hours due to rain, and he didn't look his sharpest when taking the mound Thursday. The right-hander threw 45 pitches overall and got 33 into the strike zone, but he did allow a pair of solo home runs. Through his first two rehab appearances, Cotton has surrendered five earned runs (including three homers) on six hits and a walk across five innings.
Cotton's (elbow) scheduled Wednesday rehab start for High-A Stockton against Lake Elsinore was postponed by rain.
The two teams are slated to close out their series Thursday evening, and although the starting pitching matchup is yet to be determined, it's likely Cotton makes an appearance at some point during the contest. The right-hander threw 47 pitches across 2.2 innings in his first rehab outing for the Ports last Wednesday.
Cotton (elbow) will make his second rehab appearance for High-A Stockton against Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Cotton had a rocky return to game action in his first rehab outing last Friday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk over 2.2 innings against Inland Empire. The right-hander had been sidelined since March 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, so the rust was certainly understandable. Cotton will look for a smoother performance Wednesday while possibly exceeding the 47 pitches he threw Friday by at least a modest margin.
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.
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