Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Cook leaves hospital, relieved

MLB Notebook

The Associated Press

DENVER - The blood clots that went from Aaron Cook's shoulder to his lungs might threaten his career. That's the least of his concerns right now.

After 10 days in the hospital with a potentially life-threatening condition, the Colorado Rockies pitcher was glad to be up and walking around again.

"I just got out of the hospital yesterday, and the most important thing right now is my health," Cook said Tuesday. "If I have the chance to play baseball again, so be it. I'm still alive, so I'm not worried about it. We're just going to take it day by day and right now is today, so I'm not going to worry about it right now."

Cook, a product of Hamilton High, was sent to Rose Medical Center on Aug. 8 after becoming lightheaded and having trouble catching his breath while pitching against Cincinnati.

As for his career, Cook will just have to wait and see.

"I don't know what I'm going to have to go through," he said. "I told the doctor the other day that if he was going to work on me and fix me and he goes, 'I have to tell you there is a chance you may not pitch again.' And I said 'you're going to have to cut off my arm to keep me from pitching.' That's just my stubborn hardheadedness."

DODGERS: Reliever Darren Dreifort was diagnosed with torn ligament in his right knee Tuesday, an injury that could sideline him for the rest of the year.

On Monday night, Dreifort was booed off the mound in the eighth inning while taking the loss as Florida beat Los Angeles 4-2. The right-hander inherited the setup role for the NL West leaders after Guillermo Mota was traded to the Marlins on July 30.

"It's disappointing," Dreifort said, "but what can I be mad about? I've done what I can do to be ready, and a lot of people in this clubhouse have put in hard work and good faith to put me out there."

RED SOX: Reliever Scott Williamson got good news when he learned his ailing right elbow might heal without undergoing Tommy John surgery for a second time.

WHITE SOX: Manager Ozzie Guillen was hospitalized Tuesday night with possible kidney stones.

ASTROS: Andy Pettitte's next start has been pushed back two days because of a sore left elbow.

Pettitte is now scheduled to pitch against the Cubs on Saturday. Carlos Hernandez will start against Philadelphia on Thursday in Pettitte's original spot.

Pettitte has been on the disabled list twice in his first season with Houston. He's also pitching with a small tear in a tendon in his left elbow, an injury sustained while batting in his first start of the season.

ANGELS: Anaheim placed infielder Robb Quinlan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. Quinlan was hurt while taking a swing in batting practice before Tuesday's game at Tampa Bay.

Quinlan is hitting .344 with five homers and 23 RBI in 56 games. The rookie had a 21-game hitting streak that ended Aug. 11.

The Angels activated catcher Bengie Molina from the disabled list. He had been sidelined since Aug. 1 with a broken right index finger. Molina has appeared in 65 games, hitting .289 with eight homers and 41 RBIs.

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