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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 (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. Dec 10 - 12:16 PM

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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.
Nov 9 - 5:45 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.
Nov 5 - 9:24 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.
Oct 9 - 9:52 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.
Sep 13 - 4:43 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."
Sep 13 - 8:33 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.
Sep 12 - 11:17 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.
Sep 12 - 4:41 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.
Sep 4 - 10:53 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.
Sep 3 - 4:19 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.
Sep 2 - 3:10 PM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) expects to pitch again this season.

Cole was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, retroactive to August 25, with posterior inflammation in his right elbow. An MRI showed no structural damage and he got a promising second opinion in Los Angeles on Tuesday. It's possible we see him again in mid-to-late September.
Aug 30 - 6:33 PM

Pirates placed RHP Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with posterior inflammation in his right elbow.

The move clears a spot for Monday's starter, Steven Brault. An MRI has ruled out structural damage in Cole's elbow, but he was scheduled to get a second opinion in Los Angeles. There should be more clarity on his status in the next couple of days.
Aug 29 - 7:03 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Gerrit Cole's elbow injury could be a bone spur issue.

The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any ligament damage, according to Biertempfel. Cole will receive a second opinion on his elbow from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Sunday. The righty has posted a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts, so it's possible the elbow has been bothering him for a while. Steven Brault will fill in for Cole on Monday versus the Cubs. It's unclear at this point how much time Cole might miss, although more should be known after Sunday's exam.
Aug 28 - 10:11 AM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed that Gerrit Cole will get his elbow checked out.

Huntington also confirmed that Cole will miss "at least" one start, depending on how Sunday's exam turns out. Steven Brault will start in his place Monday against the Cubs.
Aug 27 - 10:53 PM