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Former A’s Bullpen Ace Ryan Cook Gets Spring Training Invite From Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners invited 21 players to Spring Training on Tuesday, as eight of those players also signed Minor League contracts.

One of the players who received an invite without signing a deal was former Oakland Athletics closer/set-up man Ryan Cook.

Cook, 30, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015, when he posted an 18.69 ERA (18 ER, 8 2/3 IP) in nine games for the Athletics and Boston Red Sox. His final five appearances that year came with Boston, allowing 13 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Injuries as well as Tommy John surgery have kept Cook sidelined the past two full years. It’s worth pointing out Cook began to experience physical problems in 2014, spending two stints on the disabled list that year.

Cook has been with the Mariners organization for a little over two years now. He initially signed with Seattle as a free agent in January 2016, and again in November of the same year- that deal was of the Minor League variety.

After posting a 7.04 ERA in 11 games as a rookie for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011, Cook found dominance the next two years for Oakland. In 2012-13, he appeared in 71 games each season, posting a 2.30 ERA with 44 holds and 16 saves (14 in 2012). Cook wasn’t as dominant in 2014, but solid nonetheless, recording a 3.42 ERA in 54 games spanning 50 innings.

Cook has been an All-Star once- 2012- which was his best overall season. He went 6-2 that year with a 2.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and .166 BAA, in addition to his 14 saves and 21 holds.

This is a great opportunity for Cook to regain the success he had early in his career. He’s returning to the American League West, and is still pretty young. Obviously he’ll need to impress in Spring Training to have a chance at makng Seattle’s opening day roster; but given his track record, don’t rule it out.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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