OAKLAND -- The A’s reinstated Ryan Cook from the disabled list to bolster the bullpen at the start of a nine-game road trip that begins Tuesday against the Yankees.
To clear a roster spot, right fielder Josh Reddick was placed on the 15-day DL with a hyperextended knee. Reddick injured himself while making a catch against the outfield wall Saturday night against the Angels. He didn’t play Sunday.
Cook was 0-1 in with a 2.92 ERA in 12 appearances before he went on the DL May 9 (retroactive to May 8) with a strained forearm. He threw a scoreless inning for Single-A Stockton on Saturday, which convinced the A’s he was ready to return.
His addition will be welcomed by a relief corps that could use some help from the right side. With Jim Johnson struggling and not being used right now when the A’s are leading, Cook can help take some of the late-game burden off Luke Gregerson and Dan Otero as they try to get the ball to closer Sean Doolittle.
Reddick is hitting just .214 with four homers and 22 RBI in 50 games. It figures that Craig Gentry and Brandon Moss both could see time in right field to make up for his absence.