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A.J. Cole | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.
Cole recently dealt with some triceps soreness, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. If healthy, the 25-year-old will function as rotation insurance this year. Mar 29 - 9:13 AM

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A.J. Cole (triceps) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Cole was shut down for a few days with triceps soreness. He should have time to get ready by Opening Day if he can avoid a setback, but Cole is set to begin the year in the minors.
Mar 24 - 12:29 PM

A.J. Cole (triceps) remains shut down from throwing but is "feeling better," according to Nationals manager Dusty Baker.

It's unclear when he might be ready to resume a throwing program, but it seems unlikely at this point that he'll be an option for Opening Day. Cole is set to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
Mar 24 - 9:53 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday morning that A.J. Cole is dealing with "tenderness somewhere."

That's deep. Baker wasn't sure about the exact nature of the issue, but he noted that this is why the Nationals skipped his most recent turn. There should be more clarity on his status soon.
Mar 21 - 11:11 AM

A.J. Cole was lit up for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Astros on Wednesday.

That won't do. Cole allowed six hits, walked three and failed to strike out any of the 20 batters he faced today. With a 10.22 ERA this spring, he's probably cost himself his position as the top fallback for the Nationals' rotation.
Mar 15 - 4:27 PM

A.J. Cole held the Marlins hitless for four innings in his start Thursday.

Cole lowered his spring ERA from 13.50 (7 ER in 4 2/3 IP) to 7.27. He's trying to keep his position as the top fallback for the Nationals' rotation.
Mar 9 - 4:13 PM

A.J. Cole gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday in his start against the Twins.

The Nationals have added veterans to increase their rotation depth, which they badly needed after trading Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito to the White Sox for Adam Eaton. Ideally, Cole would still be sixth on their depth chart there, but he needs to stay ahead of Vance Worley and others this spring.
Feb 26 - 4:11 PM

A.J. Cole dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension on Saturday.

He appealed so that he could start Friday, but he'll serve two games of the suspension this season and three next year. It won't affect Cole at the beginning of next season if he is part of the Nationals' rotation.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 01:47:00 PM

A.J. Cole lasted just three innings in Friday's no-decision against the Marlins, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits over his three frames.

The rookie right-hander struck out two and didn't issue a walk in the contest. After a scoreless first inning, the Marlins scratched out a pair of runs in each of Cole's remaining innings. He wraps up his rookie campaign with a 5.17 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 38 1/3 innings.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 01:07:00 AM

A.J. Cole has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for throwing at Jung Ho Kang on Sunday.

Cole was retaliating for Kang's fake tag on Bryce Harper in the top of the third inning, which led to Harper dropping into an awkward slide and suffering a left thumb injury. Cole was also fined for the attempted beanball -- it actually sailed behind Kang. He is appealing the five-game suspension and will remain active until that appeal is heard. The suspension might have to be served in 2017.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:49:00 PM

A.J. Cole was ejected from Sunday's start versus the Pirates for intentionally throwing a pitch at Jung Ho Kang.

Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper at third base in the top of the third inning, leading to an awkward slide from Harper and an apparent hand injury. Cole and the Nationals took exception, and the righty threw one behind Kang's head and was immediately thrown out. A brawl ensued, and Sean Rodriguez was also ejected. It seems likely that Cole will receive a suspension, and Rodriguez probably will, as well.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 03:08:00 PM

A.J. Cole gave up only two runs but lasted just four innings in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

Cole had thrown just 79 pitches, but the Nationals had a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth inning and elected to pinch-hit for their starter. He struck out three while permitting four hits and a couple walks. Cole hasn't gone more than five innings in any of his last three outings. He'll face the Pirates on Sunday.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 10:23:00 PM

A.J. Cole struck out six but allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.

Cole was able to pitch out of jams in first and second innings, but his luck pretty much ran out after that. The 24-year-old has put up a nice 31/9 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings for the Nats, but he's now yielded seven runs over his last 10 innings. He'll try to bounce back next week in Miami.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:06:00 PM

A.J. Cole struck out eight while allowing four runs over five innings in a loss to the Phillies on Thursday.

Cole gave up just five hits, but two of them left the yard, including a three-run lightning bolt from Ryan Howard. All four runs came in the third inning, and Cole was otherwise stingy. Homers aside -- he's now given up six in four starts -- the 24-year-old has held his own to date, owning a 4.56 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 25/7 K/BB ratio. With Stephen Strasburg sidelined indefinitely, Cole will almost surely remain in the Nats' rotation. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 10:06:00 PM

A.J. Cole was excellent in Friday’s win over the Mets, tossing six innings of one-run ball as part of a 4-1 victory.

Cole gave up just three hits in all, with the lone run scoring on a solo homer from Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth inning. He fanned five and walked a pair in the win. The 24-year-old has held his own while filling in for Stephen Strasburg by posting a 3.86 ERA and 17/7 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings through three starts. Assuming he gets another turn, he’ll face the Braves in a favorable matchup next week.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 11:23:00 PM

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