Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 7/3/13
With Monday's news that Wandy Rodriguez had received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow, the looming controversy over Gerrit Cole's possible demotion was deflated a bit. The best-case scenario is that Rodriguez would be back in August, but I think it's more realistic to assume that he'll be out longer than that. That means that Cole will be a member of the rotation indefinitely, and probably through the end of the season.  When discussing the possible Cole demotion, I mentioned that one reason to send him down would be to get a better handle on monitoring his workload. Sicne it seems likely now that that won't happen, let's take a longer look at how Cole's been used this year and how the Pirates can avoid the Strasburg Dilemma. Cole is starting tomorrow afternoon in the 83rd game of the season. Since there will be 80 games left after today, that gives us a nice, even 16 turns of the rotation. If Cole makes all 16 starts, he'll have made 20 starts with the Pirates. He ...
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