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Gerrit Cole Injury: Updates on Pirates Pitcher's Lat and Return
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Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

The Pirates confirmed Gerrit Cole's return to the roster via the team's Twitter account:

 

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17

Tom Singer of MLB.com reported on Gerrit Cole's return to the Pirates:

Clint Hurdle later confirmed Cole's return (via Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review provides an update on Gerrit Cole's injury:

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10

Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com had the latest update on Gerrit Cole after another rehab start: 

The pitching line in Gerrit Cole's third rehab start looked much better than the previous one.

Cole -- who has missed more than a month with right lat tightness -- surrendered just one hit and struck out three in six scoreless innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, finished without a walk and threw 73 pitches, 49 of which were strikes.

Updates from Friday, Aug. 8

MLB.com's Tom Singer has an update on Cole:

Updates from Saturday, August 2

Tom Singer and Teddy Cahill of MLB.com have the latest on Cole:

 When Gerrit Cole was returned to the Pirates' disabled list on July 9 with a sore right latissimus muscle, the injury was portrayed as rare for baseball and finicky to treat and recover from.

In possible evidence of that, Cole has been scratched from his scheduled rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

There was no exact or elaborate explanation for the move from the Pirates, nor even a suggestion that it represented a setback in his recovery.

In a text message shared with reporters, Buccos general manager Neal Huntington wrote, "After Gerrit's last outing and last bullpen, we decided another bullpen to refine some things was the best course of action."

Updates from Monday, July 28

Gerrit Cole pitched well in his first minor league rehab start since straining his lat according to Matt Synder of CBS Sports:

Cole worked five innings for Triple-A Indianapolis, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 81 pitches.

Though the Pirates haven't yet mentioned a specific timetable for Cole's return, but given his performance and the fact that he made it through 81 pitches, it's a distinct possibility his next start with the big-league club.

Updates from Friday, July 25

Travis Sawchick of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the latest on Cole's rehab:

Updates from Monday, July 21

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on the next step in Cole's rehab:

Updates from Saturday, July 19

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an update on Cole's status:

Updates from Friday, July 18

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an update on Cole's status:

Updates from Friday, July 11

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the latest on Cole's status:

Updates from Wednesday, July 9

The Pittsburgh Pirates confirmed Cole's move to the disabled list via the team's Twitter account:

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Gerrit Cole is headed back to the disabled list. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates' 23-year-old right-hander was removed from Friday's startjust his second one back after missing most of June with a shoulder injuryafter five innings with a sore right lat, and on Monday, he was officially placed on the DL. 

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the news: 

When Cole originally suffered the injury, it didn't sound too serious. 

"It's all good," he told reporters, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook. "There's no pain. It just started to get a little tight. We just erred on the side of caution."

If true, the Pirates are likely just continuing to be cautious with their 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick, especially with the All-Star break coming up. 

Still, seeing their star pitcher land on the DL for the second time in a month has to be frustrating for Buccos fans. Cole sports a 3.78 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, but when healthy, he is much better than those numbers indicate. 

With Wandy Rodriguez lost for the season and Francisco Liriano still working his way back from an oblique injury, Pittsburgh doesn't currently sport great depth in its starting rotation. 

Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez and Jeff Locke have all pitched very well, but getting Cole healthy for the stretch run will be important for the Pirates, who sit 1.5 games back in the NL wild-card standings.

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