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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
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Gerrit Cole got a no-decision in his first start after being activated from the disabled list, yielding two runs over seven innings as the Pirates defeated the Braves on Wednesday.
Cole had been on the shelf since July 5 with a strained right lat. He walked four batters, but was able to throw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes. He also allowed five hits while striking out six. The right-hander sports a 3.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and an 84/33 K/BB ratio. Cole will face the Cardinals at home on Tuesday next. Aug 20 - 10:08 PM

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

Cole will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Wednesday against the Braves. He's made just two starts at the major league level since early June due to two different shoulder issues but pitched well in last two rehab outings to clear his way for a return. The fading Pirates could obviously use a strong outing from Cole right out of the gate.
Aug 20 - 3:12 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Wednesday against the Braves.

He's taking the injured Charlie Morton's (hip) spot in the rotation. Cole was cleared to return after tossing 13 scoreless frames across his last two rehab outings for Triple-A Indianapolis. Fantasy owners should feel free to activate him immediately.
Aug 17 - 12:56 PM

Gerrit Cole fired seven shutout innings in his final rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

Cole scattered just five hits and walked one while striking out three on the night, throwing 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes. He certainly looks well enough to return to the Pirates rotation, and is expected to do so next week.
Aug 15 - 9:33 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) is likely to rejoin the Pirates' rotation next week after making one final rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

Cole will get his pitch count up to around 90 and hopefully go seven innings on Saturday. It figures to be the final step before he's activated, though manager Clint Hurdle isn't offering any guarantees. "We don’t have the urgency to even map that out," Hurdle said. "I think he’s in a spot now, at six [innings] and 74 [pitches], which we believe the next time he’s going to go seven and close to 90. I think it’s going to put him in a very good position to come back here and help this club. We’ll see though. I don’t know. He hasn’t pitched." Cole has been out since July 5 with a strained right lat.
Aug 13 - 10:38 AM

Gerrit Cole (lat) will make another rehab start.

Cole was fantastic in his latest rehab outing, yielding just one hit over six scoreless innings Sunday at Triple-A Indianapolis. But he only made it to 73 pitches and the Pirates don't want to rush him back into major league competition until he is fully ready. The young right-hander has been out since July 5 with a lat injury.
Aug 12 - 3:56 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings Sunday in a rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis, walking none and striking out three.

It was a refreshing stat line for Cole, who surrendered five runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings last week at Indy. He could now be cleared to rejoin the Pirates' starting rotation, though his pitch count only made it to 73 on Sunday. Cole has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a right lat injury.
Aug 11 - 9:16 AM

Gerrit Cole (lat) will make another rehab start.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle revealed the news during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. It comes as no surprise after Cole was lit up for five runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday at Triple-A Indianapolis and saw his velocity fade late in the outing. He'll need to show better results before the Pirates re-insert him into their rotation.
Aug 6 - 2:59 PM

Brian Peloza of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Gerrit Cole's (lat) was in the 91-92 mph range late in his rehab start Tuesday.

Cole had been sitting at 95-96 mph and touching 97 mph for the first three innings. The right-hander said after the game that he dialed back his velocity intentionally in order to preserve his arm, but we'll let you decide whether you believe that explanation. Cole also admitted that he felt "brutal" the day after his first rehab start last week, which is why his next outing was pushed back. It remains to be seen if he'll be ready to pitch again in five days.
Aug 5 - 10:46 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) was touched up for five runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4 1/3 innings in his second rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Ouch. Cole was scratched from a rehab outing over the weekend, as the Pirates decided to have him throw a bullpen session instead. That, combined with Tuesday's results, are ominous. There's no word yet on what Cole's velocity was Tuesday. Obviously, he figures to make at least one more rehab start before rejoining the Pirates.
Aug 5 - 9:18 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) is resuming a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Cole was scratched from a scheduled rehab start on Saturday as the Pirates opted to have him throw a bullpen session instead. The Pirates have been vague about a timetable for the righty, but he can take a step forward on Tuesday. "[There's] no urgency, because we want him to come back and be able to be aggressive, and be mindful of just making pitches," manager Hurdle said. "And to not just have a checklist that 'I got to do this, or this or this.' I think we made progress along those lines. Tonight, we'll have more information to make our next decision."
Aug 5 - 8:17 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) threw a bullpen session on Saturday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that Cole is still "working on getting his game together." Pirates general manager Neil Huntington said Friday that Cole was scratched from a scheduled minor league rehab start on Saturday so he could "refine some things" in today's bullpen session. "There’s no more than that," Hurdle said about the change in Cole's plans. "There’s no smoke and mirrors going on here, there’s no trickery going on here." The Pirates continue to refuse to outline a timetable for Cole's return, which is starting to appear ominous.
Aug 2 - 6:31 PM

Pirates general manager Neil Huntington said Friday that Gerrit Cole was scratched from his scheduled minor league rehab start on Saturday so he could "refine some things" in another bullpen session.

It's certainly encouraging news that the scratch wasn't related to a further aggravation of his lat injury. Huntington refused to comment on a specific timetable for Cole's return to the Pirates.
Aug 1 - 9:08 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) was scratched from his minor league rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

At this point, the reason for the scratch is unclear. Expect the Pirates to provide an update on the young right-hander's status shortly.
Aug 1 - 8:24 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cole, out since July 5 with right lat soreness, allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's expected to get stretched out to 100 pitches in his next outing before rejoining the Pirates.
Jul 29 - 8:45 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Ike Davis
2Pedro Alvarez
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Jayson Nix
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel