Gerrit Cole making strides in injury recovery, yet timetable for mound comeback uncertain

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout during the eighth inning \ogm at Yankee Stadium on April 08, 2024 in in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Amanda Paula
Wednesday April 17, 2024

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The New York Yankees’ ace pitcher Gerrit Cole continues to make steady progress in his recovery from a recent elbow injury, but his return to the starting rotation remains uncertain. On Wednesday, Cole reached a significant milestone by engaging in back-to-back days of throwing, marking the first time he has done so since his initial injury setback.

Gerrit Cole’s return to the mound still uncertain

Gerrit Cole pitching a ball during a New York Yankees game in 2024.
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This development comes after Gerrit Cole was sidelined due to nerve inflammation in his elbow, prompting a prolonged period of rest and rehabilitation towards the end of spring training. The resumption of his throwing activities on April 8 signals a positive turn in his recovery journey.

Initially restricted to shorter distances, Gerrit Cole has gradually increased the intensity and range of his throwing regimen, as stated by NJ.com. Beginning at 60 feet, he has progressed to throwing at 75 feet during catch play sessions. However, his return to pitching from a mound is still pending, with further steps needed to ensure his readiness.

The Yankees are taking a cautious approach with Cole’s rehabilitation, as the team remains focused on ensuring his thorough recovery to avoid any potential setbacks. While specifics regarding the long-term outlook for Cole’s return remain elusive, the immediate plan calls for him to continue his throwing regimen, gradually escalating in intensity over the coming weeks.

Tommy Kahnle making progress in comeback bid

Alongside Gerrit Cole’s recovery efforts, the Yankees are also keeping a close eye on the progress of fellow pitcher Tommy Kahnle, who is also making strides in his own rehabilitation from a shoulder injury. Kahnle began the season on the injured list due to shoulder inflammation from the previous season, and has encountered setbacks in his rehabilitation progress.

However, recent bullpen sessions have indicated positive steps forward for Kahnle, with live pitching sessions on the horizon as he works towards a return to the bullpen.

As both Gerrit Cole and Tommy Kahnle navigate their respective paths back to full strength, the Yankees remain focused on ensuring their thorough rehabilitation to avoid any potential setbacks. Their eventual return to the roster promises to bolster the team’s pitching depth and competitiveness as the season progresses.

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