The Houston Astros are being forced to hold their collective breaths as they await to find out the severity of Gerrit Cole's hamstring knock. The three-time All-Star was scratched from his Tuesday start against the White Sox after experiencing discomfort in his right hamstring during warm-ups.
The severity of the injury is not yet known as the 28-year-old right-hander underwent tests and an MRI just last night.
Gerrit Cole was scratched from tonight’s start due to right hamstring discomfort while warming up.— Houston Astros (@astros) August 14, 2019
"We’ll get him tested even further and see where this takes us," manager AJ Hinch said during the post-game presser. "He doesn’t think it’s that serious. I’m glad he told us, and we hope it was mild.”
The knock couldn't come at a worst time as Cole has quite literally been in the form of his career over the last few months. Across his last 14 starts, the UCLA product is 10-0 with a 1.98 ERA, a run that saw him land the AL's Pitcher of the Month Award for both June and July.
Gerrit Cole was a late scratch from his start tonight against the White Sox because of "right hamstring discomfort," according to the Astros.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) August 14, 2019
Whenever you hear that an athlete is dealing with a hamstring injury, you can't help but cringe at the thought of a potential timetable. Whether it's a strain or something as little as a slight irritation, it's an ailment that athletes cannot return from unless they are feeling 100 percent because of the ever-prevalent possibility of a setback.
Stay tuned for updates on Cole's status. As always, we'll provide them as soon as they are made available.