Aug 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Gerrit Cole to have start pushed back by Pittsburgh Pirates

Doing their best to maintain their lead in the National League Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates certainly don’t want to shut down rookie arm Gerrit Cole.

But they also don’t want to mortgage their future by overworking their young star.

So, the Pirates decided to play cautious with Cole and suggested that they’ll not only monitor his innings but will also potentially move his start dates around.

That’s exactly what they’re doing as the Pirates have pushed Cole’s scheduled start on Tuesday back to Thursday, which will have Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton skip ahead of him.

The Pirates have have also hinted that come September or even in the postseason (considering you only need a four man rotation) they may move Cole to the bullpen to provide depth.

Either way, it appears that Cole will be shuffled around here in the final few weeks of the season to maintain his arm strength. Hopefully he continues to pitch at a high quality level despite being yanked around.

Cole currently has a 3.81 ERA through 78 innings.

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