Marcus Stroman voices support for injured Yankees ace Gerrit Cole

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Amanda Paula
Monday March 11, 2024

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This Monday, attention was drawn to the news that New York Yankees’ star pitcher, Gerrit Cole, was slated for an MRI on his pitching elbow, sparking concerns regarding his availability for upcoming games.

Amidst the uncertainty, teammate Marcus Stroman expressed solidarity with Gerrit Cole through an Instagram post, stating:

“Brutal news today on Cole. Praying it’s nothing serious and he’s back in the rotation soon. Blessed to be around a legend who is constantly elevating his game and trying to help everyone around him. Very thankful for his presence, insight, and knowledge. Manifesting a speedy recovery for the best pitcher in baseball.”

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“Brutal news today on Cole. Praying it’s nothing serious and he’s back in the rotation soon. Blessed to be around a legend who is constantly elevating his game and trying to help everyone around him. Very thankful for his presence, insight, and knowledge. Manifesting a speedy recovery for the best pitcher in baseball”

Gerrit Cole, who signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees in 2019, has been a cornerstone of the team’s pitching staff. Any significant injury could greatly blow the Yankees’ championship aspirations this season.

Yankees’ bench coach addresses Gerrit Cole’s injury concerns

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The team and fans alike will indeed be eagerly awaiting the results of Gerrit Cole‘s MRI, hoping for a positive prognosis and a swift return to the mound for the ace right-hander. Brad Ausmus, the bench coach of the New York Yankees, took the opportunity to address the situation involving Gerrit Cole during an interview with the Yes Network, shedding light on the concerns surrounding the star pitcher’s health.

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“Well, I mean, there’s always concern when any player goes for an MRI, but certainly when it’s Gerrit Cole, he’s such a big cog in the machine, you know, there’s definitely concern, but you know, sometimes there’s  there’s times to speculate sometimes or not, and I’m certainly not gonna speculate when it comes to Garrett Cole’s health.”

In his conversation with the press, Ausmus, who is in his first season as the Yankees’ bench coach, acknowledged the natural apprehension that arises when a player, especially one of Cole’s stature, undergoes medical examinations such as an MRI. He underscored Cole’s indispensable role within the team, recognizing the profound impact his health has on the Yankees’ overall performance.

Despite the palpable concern among fans and the coaching staff, Ausmus maintained a composed demeanor, refraining from engaging in speculative discussions about the severity of Cole’s condition. His cautious approach to the matter reflects the team’s commitment to prioritizing the well-being of their players above all else.

Rumors Swirl: Is Blake Snell the potential Gerrit Cole replacement?

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Amidst the rising anticipation and speculation surrounding Gerrit Cole’s health, the New York Yankees seem to have chosen a different path in addressing their pitching concerns. Despite Cole’s recent MRI on his right elbow, which has left fans and the baseball community eagerly awaiting updates, the Yankees have not reignited their pursuit of free agent starter Blake Snell, as reported by SNY’s Andy Martino.

Originally slated to pitch on Tuesday, Gerrit Cole underwent the precautionary MRI instead, prompting concerns about his recovery process. Manager Aaron Boone disclosed that Gerrit Cole had been experiencing challenges with his recovery, reminiscent of those during the regular season when he throws more pitches.

Martino’s previous reports had suggested that the Yankees had actively pursued Snell during the winter, extending an offer in January, which was ultimately rejected. However, the team proceeded with signing right-hander Marcus Stroman to a two-year deal worth $37 million on Jan. 11, indicating a potential shift in their pitching strategy.

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Snell, despite his impressive performance in the 2023 season, remains unsigned as spring training progresses. His reported contract demands, exceeding $200 million, have contributed to his prolonged free agency status. As Opening Day draws nearer, Snell may have to reconsider his asking price in order to secure a contract.

While the baseball community speculates about potential roster changes, it appears that the Yankees are either satisfied with their current pitching depth or do not perceive Gerrit Cole’s injury as a significant setback. As the team navigates through spring training and prepares for the upcoming season, the pursuit of Snell’s services seems to have faded from their agenda.

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