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Gerrit Cole is coming off the disabled list Saturday

Jun 25, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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Gerrit Cole wasn’t ready to come off the disabled list when eligible last week, but the Pirates right-hander is now recovered enough from his shoulder problems to rejoin the rotation Saturday versus the Mets.

Cole last pitched on June 3, but threw an 84-pitch simulated game Tuesday to convince the Pirates that he’s ready to return. Before being shut down with what the Pirates called shoulder fatigue the 23-year-old former No. 1 overall pick had a 3.64 ERA and 69/25 K/BB ratio in 77 innings to build on a very strong rookie showing last season.

  1. musketmaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Tough decision who to send down. Cumpton, Locke, and Worley have been very good the last few starts. Morton and Volquez have been inconsistent. Cumpton would be my choice.

  2. pittsburghpierogie - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Locke has been playing well, since being called up, and Worley has had two very, very solid games. Cumpton has had moments, but has been inconsistent overall.. he should be the one to go back down.

  3. mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    It’ll be Cumpton, not because he’s pitched worse than the other two (although that is the case), but because he’s the one of the three whom I own in one of my leagues. :)

  4. thepittsburghkid - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Cumpton has options remaining, that’s all that matters. I wish Volquez would be moved to the bullpen but I don’t see that happening.

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Volquez was really good last start. I think they will ride him til he fails or becomes consistent. if neither happens oh well he’s a solid no.5

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