Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Recovery Helps Cole Learn Body Pirates Notebook

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Recovery Helps Cole Learn Body Pirates Notebook

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The shoulder fatigue that sidelined Gerrit Cole for the first time in his major league career left him with a lesson in how to listen to his body.

"I think it was just a gradual onset. [I was] not really thinking much of it since we go through a lot of different feelings throughout the year," Cole said. "Now you file that away and next time something like that creeps up, you can do something about it maybe a little earlier."

Cole will return to the rotation Saturday, and when he's officially reinstated the club will need to make a roster move, most likely sending a pitcher back to Class AAA Indianapolis.

It's unclear who that will be, and manager Clint Hurdle was mum the subject Thursday.

Pirates starters are 8-4 in the past 17 games with a 3.19 ERA.

"They've picked us up and have been throwing the ball well, especially as of late," Cole said. "There's a little extra added pressure maybe to come in and keep the ball rolling. But at the same time, you know, we're in a good spot right now. I'm just going to go out and try to give it my best effort."

Cole said he spent his time rehabbing, scaling back his pitching, then stretching himself back out.

"There were some checkpoints I had to hit. I hit them on target and we're going to the next step," he said. "You try to assess what happened, what got you better and how you can improve moving forward. You tackle it just like you would tackle any other thing."

He said he has a newfound appreciation of what a body can withstand going through a first major league season.

"It comes with the territory and being the first time, I've just got to try and take things in stride and learn from them," Cole said.

PUTTING A FINGER ON IT

Starling Marte was not in the lineup to open the series against the New York Mets. Josh Harrison started in left field.

Hurdle said Marte was still testing out the finger he jammed while sliding into second base earlier this week against Tampa Bay.

"The neck, the head aren't really an issue. …

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