Earlier today, Clint Hurdle announced that Gerrit Cole would pitch another bullpen session, and then would make a third rehab start. As Ryan Palencer wrote on Tuesday night, Cole's second outing didn't go so well. It wasn't just the stat line, but the fact that he dropped his velocity in the later innings. Overall, there are a lot of red flags surrounding the right-hander, and it's not looking good for a quick return.
The first red flag was a comment that Cole made, when he said he felt "pretty brutal" after his first rehab start. Normally when a pitcher is rehabbing, it's all about extending his innings and getting him back to the point where he can pitch every five days. By the time he's pitching, he should be free of the injury, both before and after his start. This isn't always the ...
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