Aaron Cook Making Season Debut Wednesday Night

After a long stint on the DL, Colorado Rockies sinkerballer Aaron Cook is set to return for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

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Aaron Cook Makes Return To Rockies Rotation

It's been a long time since the Colorado Rockies have seen Aaron Cook. The righty sinkerballer struggled with shoulder tendinitis and a broken finger that knocked him out for the first two months of the season. The Rockies plodded along while Cook rested up and made some minor-league rehab appearances. Finally, Cook is set to make his Major League season debut Wednesday night.

Cook will face the Padres in San Diego, where starting pitchers are given a choice between eight innings of two-run ball and a mystery box. So Cook will either throw eight innings of two-run ball, or he'll opt for the box. Over 28-2/3 innings of rehab work between double-A and triple-A, Cook allowed 18 runs, with 18 strikeouts and five walks. His groundball rate was healthy, indicating that his sinker is still sinking.

Exactly how the Rockies' rotation will accommodate Cook is currently up in the air. Cook is taking Juan Nicasio's rotation slot, but Nicasio could stick at the expense of Clayton Mortensen. Neither has excelled over eight combined starts.

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Aaron Cook Feels Fine After Extended Spring Training Outing

Colorado Rockies sinker-baller Aaron Cook hasn't pitched this year after breaking his right ring finger by closing a door on it. That injury followed an earlier case of shoulder tendinitis, and the Rockies placed him on the 60-day DL last month, retroactive to March 22. There is some good news for Cook and the Rockies, though. From the Rockies' official Twitter feed:

Aaron Cook threw 3.0 inn. & tossed 35 pitches in a start in extended spring training today. Feels healthy after.

The next step, then, would be to get Cook some rehab appearances in the minors. Even if things go well, though, he isn't going to be rushed back. According to Rotoworld, because the Rockies moved him to the 60-day DL, he isn't eligible to come back until June 13.

The Rockies are also down Esmil Rogers now, so a quick return from Cook would go a long way towards shoring up their rotation.

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Aaron Cook Has Broken Finger, Will Miss At Least A Month Of Action

It's been a spring to forget for Colorado Rockies starter Aaron Cook. Soon after reporting to camp, Cook struggled with soreness in his shoulder and was limited in his workouts. That already put him behind the rest of the team's pitchers. And now this certainly isn't going to make things any better:

Cook has a broke right finger, out at least a month

Contrary to what you might imagine, Cook actually broke his finger when it got caught in a closing door. And now he's going to be out for a good amount of time while his finger heals. Once that's complete, Cook will then basically have to start spring training all over again from scratch, working to build up his arm strength and get into game shape.

So it's going to be several weeks before Cook can start even trying to get himself back into the Rockies' rotation. For the time being, that fifth spot is going to go to one of Esmil Rogers, Felipe Paulino, John Maine, Greg Reynolds, or Clayton Mortensen. Rogers is considered to be the favorite.

The 32-year-old Cook is coming off a 2010 campaign that saw him struggle, but he remains one of the most extreme groundball pitchers in baseball, which works to his benefit in Colorado.

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