Updates on Gerrit Cole’s DL Placement

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates placed Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. Cole came to the Pirates after his last start, while playing catch the next day, saying that the shoulder didn’t feel right and felt a little tired. They originally had plans to skip him, then decided to take more precautions, according to Neal Huntington.

“We give Gerrit a ton of credit for just making us aware that it didn’t feel right, just felt a little tired,” Huntington said. “We talked about, do we just skip him this time, try to have him come back his next time. And at the end of the day we thought it was probably better to be aggressive with it now and give him a little bit of down time and get that fatigue out of it.”

If all goes well, Huntington said that Cole will return right after his time on the DL is up. His placement was backdated to June 4th, which means he’s eligible to come off the DL on June 19th. Huntington said that the teams have done structural tests, and that all signs point to fatigue.

“All the tests that we’ve done so far have confirmed shoulder fatigue and Gerrit feels good with it,” Huntington said. “We feel good with it and we’ll see how the treatments progress and how he responds.”

As for the rest of the rotation, there was some concern with Charlie Morton being pushed back a day, which seemed strange since he was originally scheduled for today’s start. Huntington said that this was about getting Jeff Locke out without too long of a break, while giving Morton an extra day of rest.

 

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Share This Post On
  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.prough.3 Andy Prough

    Locke pitched his butt off today. Too bad the bats didn’t give him anything in support. Cole wouldn’t have won either, unless he could have driven in a couple of runs.

    • Lee Young

      agree on the bats, but it’s too bad the umps had a worse day. Gave them a run and took one away.

      • meatygettingsaucy

        yup, as much as I hate saying external factors hurt a teams chances, today is an example of it happening. After the game, Lucroy even said the pitch Martin struck out on was clearly a ball.

  • Monsoon Harvard

    Locke will be fine, he should have been on the staff in the first place. If they lose Cole longer than 15 days, they got problems. Liriano & Morton better step up and get their control in order right now.

    Hopefully Cutch’s knee is okay, that’s definitely not the way I want to see Polanco come up.

  • Macchamp74

    All reports on Taillon were initially positive….I’m crossing my fingers on this.