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Latest on Gerrit Cole injury reveals huge news about second opinion on Yankees ace’s elbow

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A brand new report has brought the Gerrit Cole injury news that every New York Yankees fan was hoping for after a second opinion on his elbow revealed he will able to avoid Tommy John surgery this season.

This week brought some horrifying news for Yankees fans just a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2024 MLB season. Unexpectedly, ace Gerrit Cole developed an issue in the UCL of his pitching elbow and he was ruled out for at least opening day on March 28.

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When UCL concerns arise it often leads to the worst-case scenario for baseball fans and the nightmare of Tommy John surgery and a missed season. That is terrible news for any player but the Yankees World Series hopes rest on the arm of the 2023 American League Cy Young. Following the revelation it was revealed that initial tests showed that Cole might only miss a month or two of action in 2024.

  • Gerrit Cole stats (2023): 15-4 record, 2.63 ERA, 0.981 WHIP, 222 SO, 48 BB

Opinion from another elbow specialist brings great news for New York Yankees and Gerrit Cole

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However, the organization sent him to a specialist in Los Angeles on Thursday to get a definitive opinion from one of the best in the world on this type of injury. Well, the news is in on that meeting and it is very positive for Pinstripes fans.

  • Gerrit Cole contract: 9 years, $324 million ($36 million base salary)

The New York Post reported late on Thursday night that “After Cole visited with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, the belief is the reigning Cy Young award winner ace can avoid Tommy John surgery.”

That should be a monster relief for New York Yankees fans and give them hope that their goal of getting back to the World Series in October is still a possibility. How rehab unfolds for Cole in the next few weeks will be key but multiple opinions clearing the star pitcher of needing the surgery is very big news.

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