Cook out as A’s closer

Oakland A’s reliever Ryan Cook has been removed from the

closer’s role, at least temporarily, by manager Bob Melvin.

Melvin said he wanted to get the rookie some work in

lower-pressure situations.

Cook has converted just two of his last six save opportunities,

and 12 of 19 for the season.

Melvin was reluctant to name a new closer, saying the team has

”a couple different options,” including relievers who have helped

close games this year.

Right-hander Grant Balfour is the only other Oakland pitcher

with multiple saves. He went 7 for 9 in save opportunities before

losing his job in May.