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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Gerrit Cole has rough rehab start

By on 8/06/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell to 59-53 on the season following a 6-3 defeat to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. At third place in the National League Central, the Pirates are just two and a half games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the division. At 16th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the mediocre pitching staff could get a boost from Gerrit Cole, but they might have to wait longer than expected after a rough rehab start on Tuesday.

Our own Darius Austin reported on August 4 that Cole had been set to make a rehab start on Saturday but was scratched in favor of a bullpen session.

Drew Silva of reported that Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that Cole needed to "refine some things" with some extra work on the side. But from the results of Cole's rehab outing last night, the extra work didn't do much good. Cole got hammered for five earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in just 4 1/3 innings in his rehab start at Indianapolis.

The results are disappointing, considering that Cole has been disabled since July 5 and the hope was that he'd return to the rotation this weekend, which now will not happen.

Cole is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts this season.  In 19 starts as a rookie last season, Cole was 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 117 1/3 innings. 

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