Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:06:11 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) is expected to make two rehab starts before rejoining the team so he can build up his pitch count, according to manager Clint Hurdle. Cole is expected to throw around 80 to 85 pitches in the first start and move to 100 pitches in the second.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:04:32 -0700
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) will make a minor-league rehab start Monday, July 28, with Triple-A Indianapolis. Manager Clint Hurdle said Cole will shoot for 80 to 85 pitches Monday after throwing 60 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, July 25. Cole sounded open to making at least one or two rehab starts before returning to the big club.
Fantasy Tip: It might be two more scoring periods before fantasy owners have Cole back with the big league team. Be patient, but don't expect to activate him until early August.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:32:50 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) said he will make a rehab start Monday, July 28, for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Fantasy Tip: Cole could be back sometime in early August at that rate. Hopefully his quick and painful return last time taught him to take his time in this recovery. He's a must-start when he comes back, frankly because you're running out of time to use him this year.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:12 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) was able to throw 70 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, July 23. Cole said he feels good, but the team isn't going to rush him back. Cole might need a minor-league rehab assignment.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:49:13 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday, July 23, according to manager Clint Hurdle.
Fantasy Tip: Cole appears to be making progress but likely will need a few more weeks before rejoining the starting rotation. It is not known if he will need a rehab assignment before being activated.
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:59:12 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) is scheduled to throw 35 to 40 pitches during a bullpen session Sunday, July 20. He is scheduled to throw his fastball, changeup and curveball during the session.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:40 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) threw 30 pitches, including fastballs and changeups, off a mound Thursday, July 17, and the team will plan the next step Friday, July 18, according to manager Clint Hurdle.
Fantasy Tip: Cole is eligible to return Sunday, but that won't happen. However, if he doesn't have any setbacks, there's a good chance he'll return to the starting rotation sometime next week. When he does, return him to your starting lineups.
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:16:34 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) is scheduled to throw Thursday, July 17. Cole will throw fastballs and changeups, and the team will decide the next step after that.
Fantasy Tip: Check back after this workout takes place on Thursday, we should have a much better idea of what the plan will be moving forward.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:57:01 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, July 20, but manager Clint Hurdle said the team is not planning for him to be available that day.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:29:45 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) threw on flat ground a few times from approximately 45 or 60 feet Thursday, July 10.
Fantasy Tip: Clearly, Cole isn't close to returning. Continue to stash him in all formats. Jeff Locke and Brandon Cumpton will continue to fill out the Pirates rotation in his absence. Locke is worth consideration in all formats, at least in favorable matchups. Cumpton has fleeting NL-only value, unless Cole is out longer than the expected few weeks.