Gerrit Cole 45 | Pitcher

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Mon. July 21, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Cole (lat) is scheduled to throw 50-60 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports. Impact: Cole emerged from a bullpen session unscathed Sunday, and will proceed to face live hitters as the next step in his recovery. Should all go well, Cole could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment, although the Pirates will likely continue to take a cautious approach.(RotoWire, )
July 20, 2014
News: Cole (back) completed a side session without incident Sunday. The Pirates will wait until Monday to see how the righty feels before deciding upon his next step, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Impact: He's slated to next throw another bullpen session or simulated game. Either way, Cole won't return to the rotation in the coming week.(RotoWire, )
Fri. July 18, 2014
News: Cole (back) threw 30 pitches off a mound Wednesday and said it went well, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "I'm not grinding through anything," Cole said. "I got no pain, so it's good." Impact: Cole incorporated changeups in the session and is expected to throw another full bullpen in a couple days. The right-hander added that he feels healthy and that "it's about getting back into shape at this point." His words and progress are certainly encouraging, but the Pirates have stressed that they will be especially cautious with Cole this time around.(RotoWire, )
July 13, 2014
News: Cole (lat strain) will throw a 20-25 fastballs and change ups in a side session Thursday before deciding what to do next, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. Impact: It has been determined that Cole will not return off the disabled list when first eligible July 20. A side session is progress for the young ace, and the results of the session will determine what he does next on his road to recovery.(RotoWire, )
Fri. July 11, 2014
News: Cole (lat strain) will not be ready to return to the Pirates' rotation when he's first eligible to be activated July 20, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Impact: The announcement isn't much of a surprise, instead confirming previous estimates that the Pirates are going to ease their young right-hander along slowly through his rehab from the injury. A late-July return appears to be a best-case scenario, but there's no clear timetable for Cole's return at the present time.(RotoWire, )
Thu. July 10, 2014
News: Cole (lat strain) made a few throws from flat ground during Thursday's pre-game warmups, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. Impact: Cole's workout wasn't particularly intensive, but the fact that he was out on the field throwing is a good sign, as there hasn't been much information available regarding his rehab of late. He also remains without a timeline for throwing from a mound, which would likely be the next step in his recovery. The future ace looks to be quite some time away from facing live hitters, and fantasy owners are still clinging on to hope that they'll be able to use the 23-year-old in the final months of the season. Cole hasn't pitched since July 4 due to a lat strain, and is currently on the DL for the second time this season.(RotoWire, )
Wed. July 9, 2014
News: Cole's average fastball velocity dipped to 94.7 mph in his most recent start before being placed on the DL for a lat strain, a drop from 96.1 mph in 2013. Impact: The righty is making his second trip to the disabled list in less than a month – the first time he suffered from shoulder fatigue. In a perfect scenario, Cole comes back in late July and gives fantasy owners two solid months of production down the stretch. It's also possible that the combination of injuries force Pittsburgh to shut down its prized pitcher, not wanting to risk further damage. Fantasy owners in single-season leagues may want to check on alternative options, just in case Cole doesn't come back. The future ace holds a 7-4 record, with a 3.78 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 85.2 innings.(RotoWire, )
Tue. July 8, 2014
News: Cole was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained lat. He will likely make one rehab start and then get plugged back into the rotation. Impact: Cole was expected to play catch Tuesday, reflecting the team's belief the injury is not serious. He was also on the DL in June with shoulder fatigue. (STATS, 10:36pm)
Tue. July 8, 2014
News: The Pirates will take it slower with Cole's recovery from the tight lat muscle than they did with the shoulder fatigue that forced him onto the DL in June, reports. Impact: While the team wants to put Cole on a slower track back to the big leagues this time around, it will not shut him down entirely. In fact, Cole was scheduled to play some light catch Tuesday. Manager Clint Hurdle said they may script a return program for him Wednesday, with the plan almost certainly including a rehab start or two this time around. Last time, he threw three simulated games but did not make any rehab starts.(RotoWire, )
Mon. July 7, 2014
News: Cole (lat) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, and he will be replaced in the starting rotation by Brandon Cumpton, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Impact: Cumpton will start Wednesday' game in St. Louis, while Cole will be eligible to return from the disabled list July 20. It's thus possible that Cole will miss just one start, with the All-Star break coming up this weekend. That said, the Pirates haven't mentioned any kind of timetable, and Cole said he had nothing to offer when asked about the injury Monday afternoon.(RotoWire, )
Sat. July 5, 2014
News: Cole was dominant in his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowing just a hit and a walk over five shutout innings in Friday's 8-2 win over the Phillies. Impact: Cole is 4-1 in his last six starts with a 3.82 ERA.(STATS, 6:47pm)
Gerrit Cole
2014 Season
Ht: 6' 4"  Wt: 240  Age: 23
Bats: R  Throws: R
Born: 9/8/1990, Newport Beach, California
College: UCLA
Debut: 2013
Salary: $512,500
Injury Status
ON 15-DAY DL (Right lat soreness)