After feeling well following a Sunday bullpen session, Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor announced that Gerrit Cole will make a second rehab start Tuesday in Triple-A. Cole was bumped on Saturday, as the Pirates wanted to assess how he felt after the side session.
Cole threw five scoreless innings July 28 in Rochester, striking out seven and walking three. Cole was set to throw 100 pitches, which will likely be the limit on Tuesday, before being scratched in the last start. He threw 81 in the first outing, facing a limit of 85.
Cole was placed on the DL July 4 with a lat injury. He also battled a bout with shoulder fatigue, which did not prompt a rehab stint. Cole posted a 3.78 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 85.2 innings with the Pirates this season.
With the plan in the beginning for Cole to make two rehab starts, this would likely be his curtain call in Indianapolis and final warm up for the Pittsburgh rotation.
Ryan has been following Indianapolis baseball for most of his life, and the Pirates since they became the affiliate in 2005. He began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2013, in a stint that ran through 2016 (with no service time manipulation played in). Ryan rejoined the team in 2022, covering Indianapolis once again. He has covered the Pirates in four different big league stadiums. Ryan was also fortunate enough to cover the 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati.