Astros don’t think injury to Cole (hamstring) is serious

Field Level Media

August 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm.

Houston Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole, who underwent tests Wednesday on his right hamstring after he was scratched from a start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, is not expected to have a serious injury, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

After communicating with Cole on Wednesday morning, Hinch said, “He reports feeling good and he just needs to wait for the results of the tests and the doctors and see what’s next for him. We have to run the course of getting him evaluated.”

General manager Jeff Luhnow reiterated the team’s thinking on SportsTalk790, telling Sean Salisbury that “at this point” the Astros do not think Cole suffered a major injury.

Cole (14-5, 2.87 ERA) was scheduled to get the start in the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader but had some discomfort in his right leg while warming up.

“He’s frustrated that he missed a start last night,” Hinch said.

While Luhnow indicated that Cole did have previous hamstring issues, they never involved his right leg. As a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cole’s previous stints on the injured list were arm- or elbow-related.

Cole, who is expected to join the team but not pitch during a four-game series at the Oakland Athletics that begins Thursday, is 8-0 with a 1.77 ERA, 17 walks and 86 strikeouts in his last 10 starts. His last loss was on May 22 against the Chicago White Sox.

The American League Pitcher of the Month for June and July, Cole is 2-0 in August, and most recently was the winning pitcher when the Astros defeated the Colorado Rockies 14-3 on Aug. 7 in Houston.