The Pittsburgh Pirates had considered moving starting pitcher Gerrit Cole back to the minors during the all-star break, but those plans have been put on hold. Thanks to a sore back from Jeff Locke, Cole has been named the start for Sunday’s game against the New York Mets.
Now that he is needed back in the starting line-up, the Pirates will be keeping Cole in the majors for the foreseeable future.
It was believed that Cole’s final start of the first half of the season was this past Tuesday, but Locke’s back changed up the plans. The good news for Cole and the fans that were hoping to see him remain in the starting line up is that MLB.com’s Tom Singer and Steven Petrella say he “appears to be locked into the Pirates’ rotation going forward.”
Pittsburgh announced their post-break rotation today, which includes Francisco Liriano, A.J. Burnett, Jeff Locke, Charlie Morton and Cole.
The Buccos head in to tonight’s game on a two-game win streak after dropping the previous four outings, so they would like to completely turn things around and go in to the break with a four-game hot streak.