Where was righthander Ryan Cook when he got the news that he had been dealt to the Red Sox?
“I was actually playing cards in the clubhouse in Nashville,” Cook said. “And [Athletics assistant general manager] David Forst called me from Oakland and let me know what was happening. And then Ben Cherington called me.”
Cook was Boston’s one trade deadline deal. A reliever in the Oakland Athletics organization, he was with the Triple A Nashville Sounds at the time of the trade. The Red Sox acquired Cook for cash considerations or a player to be named.
On Sunday, Cook was in the Red Sox clubhouse and activated as Rick Porcello was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness and inflammation in his tricep.
“I’m excited,” Cook said. “I’m excited to get over here. I got the call, and I couldn’t get on the plane fast enough to.”
In four games with Oakland this season, Cook had a 10.38 ERA after giving up seven hits, five earned runs, and three walks in 4.1 innings pitched. In 30 games with Nashville, Cook had a 4.05 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched.
Cook was an All-Star in 2012. He carried a 2.09 ERA through 71 games with Oakland and saved 14 games. The next two seasons, Cook had a 2.92 ERA in 117.1 innings pitched with the Athletics.
But Cook said this season has been a grind. He wasn’t on the Athletics major league roster at the start of the season, was called up on April 26, and then was sent back down on May 3. Cook said he tried to change things up in spring training and that set him back.
“I had to kind of learn my delivery over again,” Cook said.
Now Cook said he feels like he’s back. But he also said there’s been no talk yet about what his exact role will be in Boston. He worked in primarily seventh-inning and setup roles with Oakland.
“Just going to be down there and, when my number’s called, I’ll go in the game,” Cook said.
Cook said he knows a lot of the guys in the Red Sox clubhouse from playing against them. But he and Wade Miley came up together in the Diamondbacks organization. They played together from Single A in 2008 through Triple A in 2011.
“He and I are pretty close friends,” Cook said.
Since giving up four runs in 1⅓ innings with Nashville on July 12, Cook hasn’t given up any runs in six innings of work over six games. He lowered his ERA from 4.94 on July 12 to 4.05 at the time of the trade.
He’ll hope to build on that in Boston.
“It’s been a wild ride this year, it has for me for sure,” Cook said. “It’s been a grind. As of late it’s been a lot better and I’m excited to get here and help as much as I can.”