Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 9/12/13
As we draw closer and closer to the end of the season and it becomes more and more apparent that the Pirates will, at the very least, be one of the National League's wild cards this year, one of the biggest questions around the team has been about Gerrit Cole and his availability through the playoffs. We know how cautious the Pirates are with their young pitchers and it's clear that Cole's workload has increased quite a bit this year (he's at 166 1/3 innings after throwing 132 last year), but no one's been sure exactly what the Pirates' plan for Cole down the stretch is.  I don't think we have to wonder anymore. Neal Huntington talked to FOX's Jon Morosi about Cole yesterday and laid things out in pretty explicit terms, especially given the way that the Pirates' front office tends to be evasive about these things:  “We’ve been asked before, ‘Is he an option out of the bullpen?’ ” Huntington said. “If we (have) four starters who are better, then, sure, he can be an option out...
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