Just in that Gerrit Cole of the Yankees is scheduled for his first major league appearance since joining the IL.

Gerrit Cole, the New York Yankees ace, is taking another step toward a return on Tuesday.

 

According to Meredith Marakovits of YES Network, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner will pitch to batters for the first time since being sidelined with an elbow injury in spring training.

 

Cole is recovering from elbow nerve inflammation, which has held him out for the whole Yankees season thus far. He recently progressed to “two-up” bullpen sessions, in which he pitched an inning, rested, and then threw additional pitches.

 

Cole discussed his comeback to bullpen throwing sessions with the Yankees earlier this month.

 

“It’s a good step,” Cole declared. “This is the most taste I’ve had of [pitching] in months, and I do miss it.”

 

Cole did not begin throwing a baseball until mid-April, and he has gradually progressed through his rehabilitation since then. During spring training Grapefruit League activity, the righty was sore for a lengthier period of time than typical. The Yankees had Cole tested to determine if he needed surgery on his UCL, but he didn’t.

 

Cole’s initial bullpen sessions had manager Aaron Boone feeling very positive.

 

“I think everyone in this room understands Gerrit Cole, who he is, how much he loves what he does, and obviously, how good he is at it,” Boone commented. “So it’s just a matter of getting him back, another step in the right direction. I’m glad we were able to come here today. Onward and upward.

 

So far in 2024, the Yankees have returned to winning ways, with a 33-15 record. That puts them in first place in the American League East, two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Despite not having Cole at the top of their rotation to far, the Yankees have found success at the plate, thanks to sluggers Juan Soto and Aaron Judge.

 

After a sluggish start to the season, Judge has recently began to resemble his old self. Last Thursday, he led the Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins with a 467-foot home run, three doubles, and two RBI.

 

Judge joined Babe Ruth as the only Yankees player to have two four-extra-base-hit performances in his career.

 

Judge’s game-matching performance is the 28th in Yankees history. It’s Judge’s first extra-base hit since last September, when he had four against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

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