BOSTON -- Pitcher Aaron Cook, who is on the disabled list after suffering a gash below his left knee during his only start for the Red Sox, has experienced something of a setback.
Cook had the stitches removed from the knee nine days ago in Philadelphia and then threw a bullpen session, the first step to going on a rehab assignment.
But the wound reopened while the Sox were in Baltimore, stalling his comeback.
"He's now doing the leg work that he needs to do to keep his arm in shape,'' said Bobby Valentine. "I think he's just about ready to start the bullpen sessions (again) full bore.''
Cook will probably throw a couple of side sessions before the Sox assign him to a minor league affiliate to begin his rehab time.
"I don't know if he'll be a starter or reliever (when he's healthy again),'' said Valentine. "We'll try to build up his arm strength and get him pitching again in rehab games.''
Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.
A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.
Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.
Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.
Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.
David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.
Jared Carrabis' reaction to the Pedroia/Machado/Barnes drama was that the Boston Red Sox have a rival again.