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Yankees’ Gerrit Cole opens up about elbow injury rehab

Gerrit Cole, broadcaster?

At least the current AL Cy Young Award winner and Yankees ace joined the YES Network broadcast in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday night in Arizona to provide an important rehab update.

Cole said his rehabilitation from his elbow injury (neuroinflammation and edema) is progressing “well” and he has had good days during his time on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

“It’s been a series of good days,” Cole said as he put on a headset in the first base dugout. “Everything is going well and going pretty smoothly. So that’s definitely encouraging.”

David Cone asked Cole how he trains his arm without throwing a baseball.

“We build it from a variety of vulnerable positions,” Cole said. “And then you build that up specifically in each position. When you’re in a certain position, like arm trajectory, you train that position eccentrically or concentrically. Then you build it up in strength. You train from a perspective, then you train from a dynamic perspective, and then you put it all together in a single arm. [plyometrics] And in the end, he throws a baseball. ”

Before Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Cole was close to starting his pitching program.

However, that date is not yet clear.

“I know he’s moving in that direction,” Boone said. “Everything seems to be going well so far.”


Gerrit Cole has given a positive update on his elbow rehabilitation. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Cole talked about many other topics, including the team and Anthony Volpe’s hot start.

The shortstop, who went 4-for-4 on Monday, started Tuesday with a single to the opposite direction in the second inning.

“This kid is on fire,” Cole said, later adding that Volpe has a “smoother path” and is a player with a very growth mindset.


Yankees great Paul O'Neal speaks with New York Yankees No. 45 Gerrit Cole during pregame warmups.
Paul O’Neal speaks with Gerrit Cole before the Yankees lose to the Diamondbacks. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Cole added that the Yankees’ 5-0 start “means a lot” to both the team and the fan base, but that some games against the vaunted Astros could have gone either way. He admitted that he wouldn’t complain if that happened. The Bronx Bombers got lucky.

When commentator Michael Kay asked Cole if playing for the Yankees (the team the pitcher grew up rooting for) would fulfill that dream, he answered in the affirmative.

“It’s very special to wear this uniform and be associated with this city and call this city home and represent the Yankee brand and the greatest Yankee players of all time,” Cole said. “It’s one of a kind.”

— Greg Joyce contributed to this report.

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