It could be as a starter, or in relief. Either way, it needs to happen.
Think about the consequences otherwise. Cook walks, the Sox get nothing, and some other team can reap the benefits of a well-seasoned pitcher who dominated in the Sox system.
While the rest of the pitching staff has been adjusting, why not beef it up?
Sure, the bullpen has posted a pretty amazing 0.74 ERA over the past nine games (two earned runs in 24.1 innings), but if fans have learned anything, it is that this pitching staff is suspect.
General manager Ben Cherington did send Lars Anderson back down to Pawtucket Tuesday night, he has yet to announce a counter move. Many believe this move makes way for Cook to join the big club.
In Triple-A, Cook has posted a record of 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts and 33.1 innings of work.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Valentine said. “Right now, I can’t say that it can be anything other than that.”
Suffice to say, truer words have never been spoken. In the game of baseball, the constants are always changing. Depending on which side of the Clay Buchholz argument you are on—some maintain he is just having a slow start, while others believe he should be put on the DL—Cook could fill in for him in the starting rotation.
On the flip side, those with concerns surrounding the bullpen and pitchers like Alfredo Aceves, the idea of adding Cook is definitely reassuring.
Whichever way you want to slice it, watching the clock over the next couple of days will be somewhat tense until Cook has a spot among the Red Sox pitching staff.