Yankees Get Great Update on Gerrit Cole's Elbow Injury

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is making great progress as he rehabs from nerve inflammation.
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The New York Yankees have struggled with the injury bug to start the season as Gerrit Cole, DJ LeMahieu, Jonathan Loaisaga, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Effross, and Lou Trivino. Yankees fans were excited to see what Cole could do this season as New York has a good starting rotation with Nestor Cortes, Carlos Rodon, and Marcus Stroman.

The 33-year-old Cole has been sidelined by nerve inflammation, which led the Yankees to put the ace pitcher on the 60-day injured list. However, the latest update about Cole’s recovery is a positive sign that the star pitcher is on track to make a healthy return.

Yankees News: Gerrit Cole to Start Playing Catch

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays that Cole will start playing catch in “the next couple of days.”

The 33-year-old pitcher is still a ways from returning to the mound, but the fact that he’ll start playing catch is a good sign. Cole only made one start in Spring Training before the Yankees had to shut him down as they were trying to figure out what type of injury he was dealing with.

With Cole likely out until late May or early June, the Yankees will hope that Stroman, Cortes, Rodon, Clarke Schidmt, and Lucas Gil can keep the team afloat. 

Thus far, Stroman and Rodon have gotten off to great starts this season as they have 0.00 and 2.79 ERAs, respectively. As for Cortes, he has a 6.30 ERA through two his first two starts after getting hit around by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week (5 IP, 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts).

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