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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Gerrit Cole shut down for season by Pirates


Cole World has now indeed become The Sideline Story.

Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced on Tuesday that the team is shutting down right-hander Gerrit Cole for the remainder of the season, per Adam Berry of MLB.com.

The Pirates confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that Cole has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow posterior inflammation.

The former All-Star, who was the subject of some trade talks earlier this season, had just returned from a stint on the 15-day disabled list because of the same ailment. But he lasted only two innings and gave up five earned runs in a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

The 69-73 Pirates are six games out of a Wild Card spot, so it makes sense for them to shut down the 26-year-old Cole, who finishes a similarly disappointing 2016 campaign with a 7-10 record, a 3.88 ERA, and 98 strikeouts in 21 starts.

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