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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
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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

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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

Gerrit Cole (elbow) will not make his scheduled start Monday against the Cubs.

Instead he'll fly to Los Angeles where he'll be examined by famed surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cole admitted Saturday that he hadn't thrown a bullpen session since his last start on Wednesday, which should have been the first clue that something was wrong. The Pirates aren't concerned about ligament damage, which is obviously a positive sign. Trevor Williams, Drew Hutchison and Stephen Brault are all possibilities to start Monday's series opener.
Aug 27 - 5:26 PM

Gerrit Cole surrendered five earned runs over over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

Another rough start for the Pirates' ace, who has now yielded 18 runs -- 17 earned -- over his last 21 2/3 innings while watching his season ERA jump to 3.55. Cole walked one and gave up seven hits Wednesday, including a two-run homer to Evan Gattis in the top of the second inning. He'll try to get back on track next week in a road start versus the Cubs. Good luck with that.
Aug 24 - 3:39 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

Cole gave up 12 hits for the second straight start. He allowed two homers on the night, the second of which was a go-ahead blast by Christian Yelich in the seventh, though he was quickly taken off the hook for the loss. While he at least worked into the seventh inning in this one, Cole simply hasn’t looked like himself of late, allowing 12 runs on 27 hits and eight walks over his last three starts. He’ll try to get back on track against the Astros next week.
Aug 19 - 11:25 PM

Gerrit Cole was lit up for 12 hits and six runs (four earned) over 4 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Pittsburgh's defense certainly didn't do him any favors, committing three errors including two by third baseman Jung Ho Kang. Cole just didn't have it today, allowing at least one run in every inning he pitched. The fifth was an especially rocky frame for Cole, who allowed back-to-back doubles to Joc Pederson and Howie Kendrick before finally getting the hook from Clint Hurdle. Cole has been lousy over his last two outings, losing both while contributing a dismal 7.20 ERA. He'll try to get back on track Friday against the Marlins.
Aug 13 - 8:43 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
4Jacob Stallings
5Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Josh Bell
3Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Ryan Vogelsong
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Neftali Feliz
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Jeff Locke
8A.J. Schugel
9Tyler Glasnow
10Drew Hutchison
11Trevor Williams
12Wade LeBlanc
13Zach Phillips
14Phil Coke