SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook, who hasn't appeared in Cactus League action because of a sore right shoulder, said he is scheduled for an evaluation from Rockies medical director Dr. Thomas J. Noonan on Friday.
Cook, the Rockies' one-time No. 1 pitcher and expected to be a veteran rotation leader, has been either inactive or limited to playing catch for the last 10 days. The injury is being called inflammation for now, with simply time being the remedy. But the evaluation is to make sure. Noonan will arrive in Scottsdale on Thursday night.
"I asked 'Doogie' today, how could inflammation hurt the way it does?" Cook said Thursday. "It's inflammation in that joint up there that's taking awhile to go away."
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Cook, 32, is looking to rebound from a 2010 season that saw him finish 6-8 with a 5.08 ERA and land on the disabled list twice, first with a hyperextended right big toe and later with a season-ending fractured right tibia, resulting from being hit on the leg with a line drive by the Reds' Joey Votto on Sept. 8.
"It's tough, but I also consider myself smart," Cook said. "I'm not going to go out there and do something that can be more detrimental for my career. Let's take the time we have in Spring Training to get it under control and make sure it's healthy, and that I'll be ready for the season."
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Cook must throw bullpen sessions and face hitters before appearing in Cactus League play. Right-handers Esmil Rogers and Felipe Paulino are candidates for the rotation if Cook isn't ready.