Gerrit Cole, who has been on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue, will return on Saturday, and will be making the start for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Mets. Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle said that the team was still figuring out what that would do to the rotation.
“We’re in discussions right now about what that will do to the rotation,” Hurdle said.
Hurdle didn’t comment on whether one of the existing starters would move to the bullpen. The current rotation includes Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, Jeff Locke, Vance Worley, and Brandon Cumpton. Locke and Cumpton are the only ones with options remaining, and of the two, Cumpton would seem most likely to go down.
The probable starters for the weekend series are Worley (Thursday), Cumpton (Friday), and Volquez (Saturday). I’d be surprised if Volquez was the guy replaced, as he’s been better than Cumpton, and the Pirates could maintain starting pitching depth by sending Cumpton down. Hurdle said that the discussions would start tomorrow, so it’s possible the upcoming rotation could change.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.