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Cook might only need one rehab appearance

OAKLAND -- A's reliever Ryan Cook threw another pain-free bullpen on Thursday, potentially putting him in the clear for a Minor League rehab appearance on Saturday.

That may be the only one he needs before returning to the active roster.

"As I'm told, I think there will be one Saturday," said Cook, "and then we'll go from there. Hopefully all goes well and then I just come back.

"It's obviously not up to me. They're going to make the best decision for the team and for my health."

Cook, sidelined since May 7 with a right forearm strain after already missing the first week of the season with right shoulder tendinitis, said on Thursday that he feels "10 times better than when I came back from the shoulder thing.

"Just in terms of sharpness and pitchability," the righty said. "Obviously I felt healthy, but I don't know that my pitchability was as good as it feels now."

Cook threw about 40 pitches on Thursday, with pitching coach Curt Young standing in against him.

Jane Lee is a reporter for Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for
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