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In a major worry for the New York Yankees ahead of the 2024 MLB season, ace pitcher Gerrit Cole is set to begin the season on injury list. Cole pulled up his pitching elbow after spring debut. While a UCL tear is being ruled out, the pitcher will still end up missing 1-2 months of game time.

Gerrit Cole is reigning AL CY Young pitcher and to fill his void is a daunting task that awaits the New York Yankees front office. Besides a few internal options, the team is being currently linked to an external free agency options. But with the soaring payroll, could a move be on the cards?


Yankees Checked In With Michael Lorenzen After Gerrit Cole’s Elbow Injury

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In the aftermath of injury to ace starter Gerrit Cole, the New York Yankees have once again found themselves at the center of attention with reports indicating their interest in a high-profile free agent starting pitcher. As per Jon Heyman, the front office checked in with veteran right-handed pitcher Michael Lorenzen soon after Gerrit Cole picked up an elbow injury. This development has sparked excitement among Yankee fans. And prompted speculation about the team’s pitching plans heading into the upcoming season. Michael Lorenzen is best known for his versatility and talent on the mound. He played for the Tigers and Phillies last year and earned all-star recognition. For the Yankees, the reported interest in Lorenzen reflects their proactive approach in the aftermath of an injury.

Notably, Michael Lorenzen’s versatility as a pitcher is particularly appealing to the New York Yankees. With injuries plaguing their rotation, adding a reliable arm like Lorenzen could provide much-needed stability and depth to their pitching staff. Moreover, Lorenzen’s All-Star pedigree and proven track record of success make him an attractive target for the Yanks. His ability to deliver quality starts could prove invaluable in pivotal matchups against division rivals and postseason contenders. Of course, Lorenzen will be a short-term option, given how Gerrit Cole‘s injury shapes up. Therefore, the reinforcement won’t cost the franchise a bomb. Overall, as the opening day inches, Yankee fans will be eagerly awaiting updates on the team’s pursuit of Michael Lorenzen and also on Cole’s injury status.

Will Gerrit Cole Miss The Entire Season?

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Gerrit Cole gives up just two earned runs over six innings but Yankees fall to the Red Sox, 3-2. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The curious case of Gerrit Cole’s pitching elbow has gripped the entire Yankees nation. While the team continues to maintain its silence, speculations of Cole averting a Tommy John surgery are spreading all over the internet. Jon Heyman believes the specialist doctor from LA has ruled out a UCL tear diagnosis and had a similar opinion to the club’s medical team.

Moreover, the surgeon suggested Gerrit Cole stick to non-surgical rehabilitation, which could last for 6-8 weeks. If the rumor holds ground, Cole could miss the initial couple of months of the 2024 season. Regardless, a couple of months absence is acceptable compared to Tommy John surgery, which could have shut the reigning AL CY Young pitcher down for the entire season.

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