For a guy who’s not healthy enough to pitch quite yet, Eric O’Flaherty is sure of himself.
He’s sure that he could be pitching again by late May, early June at the latest after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
And then he laughs.
“That’s why I don’t make those decisions,’’ he said.
Ryan Cook, Jerry Blevins and Sean Doolittle know their video games.
Friday they found out that Nick LeGrande does, too.
LeGrande, a 14-year-old from suburban Kansas City who has a rare blood disorder that keeps him from spending much time in crowd and who is waiting for a bone marrow donor for a match, plays a pretty good game, too.
During the visit Friday, Cook and LeGrande played NHL Hockey, and not just a scrimmage, either. They went at it in LeGrande’s room with Blevins and Doolittle watching, and Cook scored a late goal to force overtime.
UPDATED from earlier edition
It was just about six weeks ago that Ryan Cook learned from a friend about a new entry in the field of technology-driven medicine, a telerobotic machine that can follow a user’s movement.
When he heard that there was a plan in a fledging state to have a patient throw out a first pitch remotely using the system, Cook went to the A’s to get in on the ground floor. And Wednesday night, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the A’s-Yankees game from 1,800 miles away.
Cook caught the pitch, and said after the A’s 5-2 win over the Yankees “it was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.’’