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Ryan Cook Wild, Ineffective but Craig Gentry 2-for-4 in Rehab Action; Joe Blanton Debuts Again

On Saturday night in Visalia, Ryan Cook’s second rehab outing for the Stockton Ports didn’t go to plan.

The Oakland A’s right-hander allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, and only ended up pitching 2/3 of an inning before reaching his predetermined pitch count. On the night, the 26-year-old walked a pair, gave up three hits and also recorded two strikeouts.

Cook threw 27 pitches, and only 11 were strikes. The 2012 All-Star gave his take on the outing and just when he could return, via Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area.

Manager Bob Melvin was elusive when asked when Cook will rejoin the roster.

The reliever has been sidelined since the beginning of spring training with right-shoulder tendinitis.

Craig Gentry, who is working his way back from a lower back strain, went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game with the Ports. Gentry is expected to play in at least a couple more minor league games before joining the big league team. Melvin told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that the outfielder could be activated from the DL during the team’s upcoming series in Minnesota.

When Gentry does return, Sam Fuld appears to be the odd man out. Fuld has collected two triples and played excellent defense for Oakland, but it’s difficult to see how both the 32-year-old and Gentry could fit on the roster. Another potential option would be to designate Daric Barton for assignment, but that scenario seems unlikely.

Meanwhile, in Salt Lake City, Joe Blanton made his first start for the Sacramento River Cats since 2004. He also collected his first win.

The veteran right-hander, who was inked to a minor league deal last week, ended up working five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while punching out four. The River Cats downed the Salt Lake Bees, the top affiliate of the Los Angles Angels, 12-7.

While the 33-year-old’s final line wasn’t exactly impressive, he received positive feedback from Johnny Doskow, the voice of the River Cats.

During that frame, Blanton served up fours runs, of which three were earned, on three doubles. Along with Josh Lindbloom, the righty figures to be one of the top options should the A’s need rotation help at the big-league level.

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