Coming off of a ridiculous 15-strikeout, no-walk performance, Cole was not very sharp on Tuesday night, allowing three earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 3.2 innings. After a Reese McGuire sac fly, Cole signaled to the Yankees dugout to have a trainer come out. After a quick discussion on the mound, Cole left the game, putting on his jacket in the dugout before heading down the tunnel.
The Yankees later announced that Cole left with left hamstring tightness.
After the game, Cole was cautiously optimistic about making his next start, though he needs to see how he feels in the coming days.
“It’s tough to say right now. I’m obviously disappointed about the outcome of today, but I kind of want to reserve judgement until we see how this thing kind of reacts the next 24, 36 hours,” Cole said. “I guess maybe even for my own mentality, I want to make sure I am good if I’m good, or if I need a few extra days I need a few extra days.
“I was sitting out there for a couple pitches just kind of weighing the pros and cons, and I just wasn’t quite sure I was going to be able to get through the inning and get some treatment on it to get back out. So, yeah, unfortunately I just had to pull the plug.”
Aaron Boone said that as of Tuesday night, Cole is not scheduled to have an MRI on his hamstring, but time will tell what the next steps are.
“Right now, he’s just experiencing tightness, so we’ll kind of see where we’re at tomorrow on it. I know in talking to Gerrit, he feels pretty optimistic about it,” Cole said. “Something that’s popped up before with him with other pitches. Just something that he felt like if he was going to push through in there, (he could) risk doing something a little bit more. So, hopefully it’s something that he got out in front of enough and we’ll just see where we’re at tomorrow and the coming days.”
Cole, who has pitched himself into the mix for the AL Cy Young Award, posting a 2.84 ERA with 217 strikeouts in 158.2 innings, said that he thought about trying to fight through the tightness and stay in the game, but the possible long-term benefits outweighed the short-term risk.
“Hopefully we’re able to recover well so that we don’t have to miss a start,” he said. “That’s certainly the hope of saying something early enough and not grinding through it. So, that’s kind of how it shook out.
“It’s super disappointing, but maybe, hopefully, the decision pays dividends down the next six days and through the end of the month and we’re in a good spot if we get to the postseason.”
Source: Yahoo Sports