NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole says he expects to come back from a strained right triceps in time to pitch the majority of the season.
Cole was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to June 11. There is no specific timetable for his return, but it sounds as though he likely will be sidelined more than the minimum 15 days.
Speaking Wednesday at Citi Field, the right-hander says he doesn’t want to put any numbers on how much time he might miss. Head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk says it’s too early to tell how long Cole could be out.
Cole won 19 games last season and finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting. He was injured throwing a fastball last Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals and left his start in the third inning.
Touted prospect Jameson Taillon has taken Cole’s spot in the rotation.
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