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• Right-hander Ryan Cook (right forearm strain) threw a scoreless inning in relief for Class A Advanced Stockton on Saturday, needing just nine pitches to get through the eighth. Melvin hopes he will need no more than two appearances before returning to the big league club.

"We want to see him do well, and we want to see him throw the ball over the plate and do all the things that would suggest that you have some confidence coming back to the team," Melvin said. "But it could be as quick as one [appearance], it could be a couple."

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• Right-hander Ryan Cook (right forearm strain) threw a scoreless inning in relief for Class A Advanced Stockton on Saturday, needing just nine pitches to get through the eighth. Melvin hopes he will need no more than two appearances before returning to the big league club.

"We want to see him do well, and we want to see him throw the ball over the plate and do all the things that would suggest that you have some confidence coming back to the team," Melvin said. "But it could be as quick as one [appearance], it could be a couple."

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• Melvin decided to leave leadoff man Coco Crisp out of his starting lineup Saturday.

"It's a day off, but I have to be careful with him," Melvin said. "He's been playing with some nagging stuff, but he's not [out] because of an injury. It's a combination of things, but more just trying to be proactive with him and was going to give him this day off regardless."

The manager said Crisp would potentially be available in a late-game situation.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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