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A.J. Cole | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
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Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.
They haven't announced a corresponding move. Cole's recent stint with the big club lasted nearly a week, but he didn't make an appearance. Jun 23 - 8:09 AM

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Nationals recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole will provide some relief for the bullpen. The righty tossed six frames of one-run ball in a spot start with the big club last month.
Jun 18 - 10:24 AM

Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole had been slated to get another start Thursday, but that game was rained out and now he finds himself back in the minors. He could get another shot eventually with the Nats' No. 5 spot somewhat in flux.
May 12 - 4:10 PM

A.J. Cole will start for the Nationals on Thursday against the Orioles.

Which means Jacob Turner will remain in the bullpen for the time being. Cole worked six innings of one-run ball in his last start Saturday against the Phillies, but there are better streaming options available.
Source: MASN
May 9 - 6:26 PM

A.J. Cole yielded just one run in six innings to beat the Phillies 6-2 on Saturday.

He allowed six hits and four walks while fanning two batters in his first game of the season. He was called up to replace Joe Ross on the Nationals' roster, and was tasked with making a spot start today. Today's success was a bit surprising considering he had a 6.63 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Syracuse. Cole had a 5.17 ERA with the Nationals last year in eight starts. The 25-year-old will try to repeat today's success if he gets another start.
May 6 - 11:26 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that A.J. Cole will start at some point during this weekend's series against the Phillies.

Jacob Turner was initially tabbed to take the rotational spot vacated by Joe Ross, but with Turner tossing four innings in relief during Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks, he will be unavailable for a short time. Enter Cole, who posted a 5.17 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 39/14 K/BB ratio in eight starts last season. There is not much fantasy upside, here, as it is unclear just how many opportunities Cole will have in the rotation.
May 3 - 10:26 PM

Nationals recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole will replace Joe Ross on the Nationals' roster. He still needs to serve three games on a five-game suspension from last season before being allowed to appear in a game. Jacob Turner will take Ross' spot in the rotation, at least for now.
May 2 - 12:18 PM

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

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

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