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Gerrit Cole will make another rehab start as Pirates insist they aren’t worried

Aug 7, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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Gerrit Cole struggled Tuesday in his second minor-league rehab start at Triple-A, so the Pirates will have the 23-year-old right-hander make at least one more appearance in the minors before returning from a strained lat muscle.

Cole gave up five runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings, but manager Clint Hurdle spun things in a less negative light by saying that he was told to focus on repeating his delivery rather than getting batters out. Of course, it’d be more encouraging if Cole were able to do both at the same time.

That second rehab start had actually been pushed back, so clearly something isn’t quite right with Cole. If he struggles again in his third start, it might be time for Pirates fans to worry about what’s going on, exactly.

  1. apkyletexas - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    You didn’t mention the fact that Hurdle said Cole was also instructed to reduce his velocity over the course of his last rehab start. Might have had a small amount to do with giving up hits and runs.

    I know it’s so much more fun to take comments completely out of context, but Hurdle’s full comments on the last rehab start are widely available. Kind of disingenuous HBT.

  2. steelerfanforlife - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Thank you apkyletexas!! Great journalism HBT!!

  3. mrkilliemrkillie - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    It’s not enough to get the facts. You need to get all the facts and report them appropriately.

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