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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Gerrit Cole has been announced as the Pirates' Opening Day starter.
He'll toe the rubber against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 3. This marks Cole's first career Opening Day start. Cole was an absolute stud in 2015 before injuries caused him to unravel last season. He's a strong bounce-back candidate. Feb 25 - 4:30 PM

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Gerrit Cole is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game on Sunday.

If all goes well, he could then be cleared for his Grapefruit League debut later in the week. The club is easing him into action this spring in an effort to keep him healthy after three stints on the disabled list derailed his 2016 campaign.
Feb 25 - 8:02 AM

Gerrit Cole threw two innings of live batting practice Tuesday at Pirates' camp.

Cole got a late start last spring due to a rib injury and ended up posting a career-high 3.88 ERA over 21 starts in between three stints on the disabled list, but he feels good this time around. "I've learned a lot and gotten more mental toughness," Cole said. "I've learned how to deal with some adversity, so hopefully I'm better for it." His stock has taken somewhat of a hit in fantasy leagues, but there's considerable upside if he has turned a corner physically.
Feb 21 - 3:55 PM

Pirates and RHP Gerrit Cole avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

Cole made noise last spring by complaining about his salary, but he gets a nice little bump here in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The righty will look to stay healthy in 2017 after missing significant time two out of the last three years because of injury.
Jan 13 - 1:44 PM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) announced at Pirates' Fan Fest on Saturday that he's fully healthy and will begin his throwing program on Monday.

Cole took a few months to rest after the season to allow the swelling and inflammation in his pitching elbow to subside. Provided there are no setbacks along the way in his throwing program, he should enter spring training without any restrictions.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 12:16:00 PM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) is in line for a "normal" offseason, according to agent Scott Boras.

Cole made just one start in September before being shut down for good to allow him to rehab a posterior inflammation in the right elbow. Boras said that the 26-year-old right-hander "needed a few months" to allow for a reduction of inflammation and swelling. Barring a setback, it sounds like he should be healthy when he hits spring training.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Pirates activated RHP Gerrit Cole from the 60-day disabled list.

The star right-hander was shut down in September with posterior inflammation in his pitching elbow. He has now missed significant time due to injury in two of the past three seasons, though he's expected to be fully recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training. Due to the injury concerns however, the Pirates don't appear to be in any rush to discuss a contract extension that would buy out his arbitration years.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that "there is little chance" the Pirates will sign Gerrit Cole to an extension that would buy out some free agent years.

Biertempfel also hears that the Pirates aren't interested in offering Cole a three-year deal that would buy out his arbitration years. Thus, it appears the team is content in going year-to-year with their right-hander for now, at least until Cole can prove to be more durable. He's missed significant time in two out of the last three seasons due to injury. Cole and the Pirates got into a public spat in spring training over the righty's pre-arbitration salary.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 09:52:00 AM

Pirates placed RHP Gerrit Cole on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow posterior inflammation.

Cole got lit up for five earned runs over just two innings of work Monday in his return from the disabled list -- a 6-2 loss to the lowly Phillies. He's still having trouble with his right elbow, and the 69-73 Pirates no longer want to mess with it. The Pittsburgh ace will spend the offseason in rehab mode with an eye on opening the 2017 campaign at something close to 100 percent health.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 04:43:00 PM

When asked how he felt after Monday's start against the Phillies, Gerrit Cole said he's "as good as I'm going to get."

Cole struggled in his return from the disabled list Monday against the Phillies, allowing five runs on four hits and a career-high four walks over just two innings. He now owns a career-high 3.88 ERA over 21 starts. Cole was vague about the possibility out a shutdown after the game, but it might be the best thing for him with the Pirates falling out of things in the Wild Card race. "I'd like to just take it day by day at this point," Cole said. "I'll probably have a better answer down the line."
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 08:33:00 AM

Gerrit Cole really struggled in his return from the disabled list Monday against the Phillies, allowing five runs over two innings of work.

Cole’s velocity was seemingly fine, but otherwise it wasn’t pretty. He gave up four hits (including a homer) and four walks while throwing just 29 out of 55 pitches for strikes. The Pirates weren’t going to push him very far in his first start back, but obviously making it through just two innings is a major disappointment. Assuming the Pirates stick with him, he can't be trusted in fantasy leagues.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:17:00 PM

Pirates activated RHP Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list.

Cole will make his return Monday night against the Phillies. The 26-year-old hasn't pitched since August 24 due to posterior inflammation in his right elbow. He had a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts prior to hitting the DL, so the Pirates will hope that the time off did him some good.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Pirates' rotation on September 12 in Philadelphia.

Cole threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday and came out of it with no issues, although he only threw fastballs. He's slated for another mound session Monday or Tuesday and figures to incorporate his breaking stuff then. Cole has missed the last week and a half with posterior inflammation in his right elbow.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 10:53:00 AM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

He threw all fastballs and is slated for another session on Monday or Tuesday. Cole has progressed well since being placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation last week. He'll probably need more than the minimum 15 days but Cole should return to action at some point this month.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) played catch on Friday.

The Pirates' staff was video taping his flat-ground throwing session, as Cole is working on refining his delivery and repeating his mechanics. It's unclear when the right-hander might be ready for mound work, but it appears he's moving in the right direction.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 03:10:00 PM

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