Yankees ace Gerrit Cole expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks with right elbow injury

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks with right elbow injury

After being examined by a specialist, the star pitcher of the New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole will not undergo surgery on his right elbow for now.

According to journalist Mark Feinsand, from MLB.com, The American League Cy Young winner last season would be out of action for a period of 10 to 12 weeks, with the hope that with treatment and rest, he will avoid undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Cole was examined Thursday by renowned orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache after undergoing an MRI, CT scan and X-ray earlier this week after experiencing trouble recovering between outings in his first starts this preseason. .

If the right-hander responds well to treatment, he could be back in the Yankees’ rotation by the end of May or June. This injury will stop Cole’s streak of four straight seasons starting the Yankees’ opener, since he signed a nine-year, $324 million contract before the 2020 season.

Cole, 33, is one of the most durable pitchers in the Majors with six seasons of over 200 innings pitched. In 2023 he went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 222 strikeouts in 33 outings and 209 innings.

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