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Pirates notebook: Recovering Cole exceeds expectations in simulated game

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Gerrit Cole threw 70 pitches — about 10 more than expected — and mixed in all of his pitches Wednesday during a four-inning simulated game.

“I didn't ask to throw more. They just kept letting me go,” he said. “It was a little rusty in some areas, but it got better as it went on.”

Cole (right lat soreness) said he's in a better place now than he was at the same point while returning from shoulder fatigue that landed him on the disabled list in early June.

He expected to set a game plan with the trainers and coaching staff for the next step and said he believes a rehab assignment would help.

Cole did not make a rehab start after his first DL trip and gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings during his first game back against the New York Mets. He pitched one more game before heading back to the DL.

“It felt good coming off those sim games, and I was sharp, but coming in against the Mets, there were some things that I still needed to clean up,” Cole said. “At this point in the year, I can't come out not sharp and give games away.

“It's important to come back and give quality starts no matter how many there are. If it takes longer, so be it, but it's about winning ballgames at this point.”

Intentional or not?

Justin Wilson said he hoped to stay in the game after hitting Justin Turner with a pitch Tuesday night, but the umpire ejected him without issuing a warning first. Asked about the importance of sticking up for teammates, Wilson played a bit coy.

“It's part of baseball, but pitching inside is part of baseball, and guys do get hit,” he said.

Turner was convinced it was intentional.

“He had his chance to do it and get it over with on his first pitch, and he missed,” Turner said. “To do it again makes it pretty blatant. I don't think there's anything he can say to make it sound like it wasn't intentional.”

The Dodgers shortstop did not think, however, that Jamey Wright was trying to hit Andrew McCutchen an inning before.

“I don't think Jamey was trying to load the bases,” he said. “Where do you draw the line? Anytime someone in the middle of the order gets hit, are you going to go hit someone? Some of their guys said we just did it in St. Louis. The difference there is there's a little bit of history with them hitting Hanley (Ramirez). I don't know. I guess it's just a question of where do you draw the line? When is it OK, when is it not OK?”

Marte lands on DL

The Pirates placed Starling Marte placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Marte was hit in the head while batting Friday night and played Monday but was held out of Tuesday's game and was unavailable off the bench.

“How you feel one day may not be the way you feel two days later because of the lingering effects that can take place or what can stimulate them, whether it be light, whether it be exertion, whether it be heat,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We've encouraged every player we've ever had, if you don't feel like you normally feel, if there's something you're cloudy, anything along those lines, we just have to know to protect you and help you.”


Pedro Alvarez was not in the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with left-knee discomfort. … The Pirates were not one of the clubs that won a pick in the third annual Competitive Balance Lottery. The 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 clubs in the smallest markets are entered into the lottery for an additional draft pick following the first round, and six are selected. Those teams were Miami, Colorado, St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Diego and Cleveland. The remaining clubs are entered into a second lottery for six additional picks following the second round along with the remaining major league clubs. Odds are based on each club's prior season's winning percentage compared to other teams in the lottery. The winners were Cincinnati, Oakland, Seattle, Minnesota, Baltimore and Arizona.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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