Cook's knee still healing, skips rehab start

Cook's knee still healing, skips rehab start

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Aaron Cook has encountered a setback in his return from a left knee laceration. Instead of starting a rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Cook will stay on the sideline.

"One corner of the cut's not healing as much as the doctors wanted it to heal," Cook said. "They want to make sure it's completely closed. They kind of just said, 'Let's take it easy for a few days, see if it completely closes and we'll reevaluate.' I was supposed to go out tomorrow and pitch."

It would be easy for Cook to be frustrated. He started the season in the Minor Leagues, because the team took a conservative approach based on his recent history of injuries.

In his season debut May 5 vs. the Orioles, Cook suffered a gash in the second inning while trying to block home plate. The veteran, who is 72-69 with a 4.56 ERA, is keeping things in perspective.

"The doctor put it like this: 'Would you rather lose your leg or miss a couple of more weeks?' I don't want to get an infection in there," said Cook. "We've been doing a pretty good job staying on top of it and being able to do my throwing and running."