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.
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.