4/7/2014 9:35 P.M. ET
Out all of spring, Cook rejoins A's bullpen
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- The A's got Ryan Cook back from the disabled list on Monday and optioned another righty reliever, Evan Scribner, to Triple-A Sacramento.
Cook was sidelined for the entirety of Spring Training because of right shoulder inflammation, but he only needed to miss the first week of the regular season after making a handful of rehab outings, including two with Class A Stockton.
The hurler was thrown into game action right away, getting the call in the ninth inning with a five-run lead in Monday's 8-3 win in Minnesota. Cook struck out his first batter and walked his next two before calming down and getting two more outs -- the last another strikeout.
"He was real fired up," said batterymate Derek Norris. "He had a lot of adrenaline pumping through his veins, and I can only imagine the wait he had to go through all spring. But once he settled down, he threw the ball real well. It was coming out very hot, very, very hard with good sink, and his slider was the best I've seen it in a long time, including stages of last year, so things to build on for sure. It was nice to see him out there."
Scribner did not allow a baserunner in two appearances, retiring all four batters he faced last week. The right-hander has gone back and forth between Oakland and Sacramento often in his career, having endured five separate stints with the A's last year and three the year before.
"That was difficult, and he certainly didn't do anything to get demoted," said Melvin. "Those are always the tough ones, and I've been the guy that's had to give him the bad news several times over his career here. That was the case again, because we really do feel like he's part of this team."
After cortisone shot in wrist, Crisp gets day off
MINNEAPOLIS -- Left wrist inflammation kept Coco Crisp out of the opener of the A's three-game series in Minnesota on Monday.
Oakland's center fielder received a cortisone shot in the wrist on Sunday, and he could potentially be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday, following Tuesday's rare off-day.
"It was just kind of nagging a little bit for him," said manager Bob Melvin. "So we felt like the timing of this, giving him a shot yesterday, today off and tomorrow off, we can see where we are Wednesday.
"He actually had a little bit of it last year, and just something we wanted to take care of."
The 34-year-old Crisp, who also relied on a cortisone shot to abate the issue last year, has reached base safely in each of his five games to start the season, his fifth with the A's.
Sam Fuld got the start in center in Crisp's absence on Monday. Fuld entered the day 4-for-13 with a pair of RBIs.
Lowrie bruises lower leg after being hit by pitch
MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortstop Jed Lowrie departed in the seventh inning of Monday's 8-3 win over the Twins after taking a pitch to his lower right leg, and he's since been listed as day to day with a contusion.
It was the fourth plate appearance of the day for Lowrie, who was in tremendous pain after getting hit by the wayward pitch from Minnesota righty Samuel Deduno.
"I haven't seen a pitch like that," said Lowrie, who was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Nick Punto. "It was just a really bad pitch. It was at least five feet short, maybe more than that, and then about five feet inside and bounced up and hit me.
"I can't really describe it, but it was sore right away."
Lowrie said the pain had actually subsided after the game, but he's not exactly disappointed his team has an off-day Tuesday. Having the time to rest could make him available for Wednesday's game.
"It's gonna be a little black and blue," he said. "I can guarantee that."
Cespedes shakes off heel bruise, remains in lineup
MINNEAPOLIS -- Yoenis Cespedes has been slightly bothered by a right heel bruise, but not enough to keep him out of the lineup.
Despite limping for part of Sunday's game, Cespedes was back in left field for the A's series opener in Minnesota on Monday afternoon.
The Oakland slugger hit his first homer of the season on Sunday and is batting .217 overall to start the year.
"You may see him limp a little bit, but the training staff doesn't think it's an issue," said manager Bob Melvin. "Sometimes it doesn't bother him at all. Yesterday he didn't have a problem, and then when he went after that ball in the left-center-field gap, he felt it a little bit."
Melvin also joked, "I think it's because he wears a new pair of shoes every day."
Cespedes will have the opportunity to rest the heel Tuesday, with an off-day breaking up this three-game set that features all day games.
• The A's and Twins joined fans to "Stand Up To Cancer" on Monday. Placards were distributed to fans as they entered Target Field, and they were encouraged to personalize their placard with the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer and hold it up at the end of the second inning.
Melvin wrote down the name of his late sister-in-law, Tanya Robertson Novarese, who passed away in 2008 after a battle with cervical cancer.
"That was special to be able to do that," said Melvin. "I let my wife know I was doing that."
• Outfielder Craig Gentry (back) will make two more rehab starts with Triple-A Sacramento this week before being activated off the disabled list. The plan is for him to join the A's in Seattle on Friday.
Either Fuld or Daric Barton is expected to be the odd man out upon Gentry's return.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.