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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
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.
Cole allowed three earned runs over six innings in a loss to the Giants on Sunday, falling to 1-3 on the year with a 5.32 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is on track to return to the Nationals' rotation this weekend against the Padres. Aug 15 - 4:43 PM

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A.J. Cole allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday as the Nationals dropped the first half of a doubleheader against the Giants.

Cole surrendered six hits and walked three batters while falling to 1-3 on the year. He was thoroughly out-dueled by Giants starter Chris Stratton, who struck out 10 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is likely headed back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Aug 13 - 4:27 PM

A.J. Cole struggled in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins, allowing four runs on four hits over five innings.

The rookie right-hander walked one and punched out five on the evening. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Derek Dietrich launching a solo shot in the fourth inning and Giancarlo Stanton crushing a three-run blast in the fifth. He's likely heading back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Aug 8 - 10:17 PM

A.J. Cole coughed up five runs in five innings and was charged with a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

He was called up from Triple-A to make a spot start tonight and it did not go well. He gave up an RBI double to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning, then gave up a pair of two-run homers to Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich in the fifth. He will probably get sent back down to Triple-A where he has a 5.66 ERA in 16 starts this year.
Aug 2 - 11:45 PM

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

Cole will make a spot start for the Nationals on Wednesday night in Miami. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted an uninspiring 5.66 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 63/31 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings (16 starts) this season at the Triple-A level.
Aug 2 - 3:21 PM

A.J. Cole will start Wednesday against the Marlins.

Cole made a spot start for Washington earlier this year, scattering six hits and one run over six strong frames in a win against the Phillies on May 6. With Stephen Strasburg (elbow) aiming to return this weekend, it will probably be one-and-done for Cole in the Nats' rotation.
Aug 1 - 11:00 PM

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

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

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