Gerrit Cole no surgery: Yankees nation cheers, but playoff hopes still tested

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Amanda Paula
Friday March 15, 2024

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In light of reports suggesting that Gerrit Cole won’t require Tommy John surgery, Yankees fans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Friday morning. Concerns had risen when the star pitcher experienced discomfort in his forearm, sparking fears that he might need surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. However, Friday morning brought news that Cole may recover from the injury through rest and treatment, avoiding surgery for the time being.

Yankee fans rejoice as Gerrit Cole avoids surgery

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The news brought a wave of relief throughout Yankee Nation. Gerrit Cole, in the third year of a massive $324 million, nine-year contract, is one of baseball’s highest-paid pitchers. Losing him for a full season or more due to Tommy John surgery would have dealt a devastating blow to the Yankees’ title hopes in 2024 and beyond. Fans took to social media to express their joy that the star could hopefully return to the mound at some point this season.

Though Cole still faces a lengthy period of rest and rehabilitation, simply avoiding major surgery is a huge win for the 32-year-old pitcher and the Yankees. They’ll need to be cautious with his recovery timeline, but the franchise can now breathe a bit easier knowing that their significant investment won’t be sidelined for more than a year. The Yankees’ playoff rotation looks much more formidable with a healthy Cole leading the way when October arrives.

Podcaster celebrates Gerrit Cole’s news

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One Yankee fan, C-mac, a podcaster, echoed the celebratory mood on Friday morning’s show. “Thank you! Thank you! I can sleep again, and not worry about rolling over and hearing the devastating news that Cole needs surgery and is out for the year,” C-Mac said. “It’s over! I’m probably speaking too soon, but it’s over for now.”

While Gerrit Cole will still miss 1-2 months, avoiding the worst-case scenario is cause for excitement. “I was never more excited in my life, because this is the Yankees’ season! Is it not?” C-Mac said. “None of that made sense without Gerrit Cole, and at least it sounds like it’s not going to be a devastating injury where he misses the whole season.”

Yankees face urgent decisions amid Gerrit Cole’s absence

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FOX Sports underscores the pressing need for the Yankees to pivot their focus towards Gerrit Cole’s recovery trajectory while also exploring alternative options to mitigate the significant threat posed by his absence. 

As a perennial All-Star and Cy Young contender, Gerrit Cole’s return to full form is paramount for the team’s success. However, the specter of surgery looms large, adding further complexity to the situation and highlighting the uncertainties surrounding his comeback.

The setback surrounding Gerrit Cole‘s elbow issues during spring training has exposed the Yankees to a critical juncture as they approach the upcoming season. Despite initial relief that Tommy John surgery was not immediately required, the delay in Cole’s return until at least June underscores the fragility of the team’s pitching depth. With Opening Day looming, the organization faces pivotal decisions regarding their pitching staff, including the exploration of free-agent options like Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, and Michael Lorenzen.

As the Yankees’ front office grapples with the ramifications of  Gerrit Cole’s absence, they are compelled to take decisive action to shore up their rotation and safeguard their postseason aspirations. Failure to address the pitching deficiencies could jeopardize their chances of contention, emphasizing the critical need for strategic maneuvers as they navigate through this challenging period.

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