Pittsburgh Pirates Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Cole has officially been named the Pirates' Opening Day starter, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: It will be the first career Opening Day start for Cole, who will take the mound on Apr. 3 against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old struggled with injuries last season and will look to rediscover his 2015 form, which saw him win 19 games while posting a 2.60 ERA.
News: Cole will throw two innings in a simulated game Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Cole dealt with bouts of elbow inflammation last season and has been cautiously eased into spring training activity. After finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in 2015, he recorded a career-worst 3.88 ERA last season and was shut down in September. Nonetheless, if all goes well, expect the former All-Star to see Grapefruit League action soon.