PITTSBURGH -- The plan for Gerrit Cole in his second rehab start was to pitch six or seven innings and test his tight right lat by getting his pitch count near 100. The outing didn't go to script.
Pitching for Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Cole exited after 4 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on 10 hits in the process. Cole threw 74 pitches (53 strikes) and walked one to three strikeouts, but the game got away from him in the fifth inning. The last five batters the hard-throwing righty faced went double, walk, RBI double, three-run homer, triple.
Cole -- who's been on the disabled list for a month -- was originally supposed to start for Indianapolis on Saturday, but the team had that outing pushed back. Manager Clint Hurdle said the delay was to help the No. 1 pick of the 2011 Draft "regain form."
"No urgency, because we want him to come back and be able to be aggressive, and be mindful of just making pitches," Hurdle said Tuesday afternoon. "And to not just have a checklist that 'I got to do this, or this or this.' I think we made progress along those lines. Tonight, we'll have more information to make our next decision."
Cole (7-4, 3.78 ERA) also started in Triple-A on July 28, throwing five scoreless innings with five hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. This is his second DL stint of the season, as he also missed nearly all of June with fatigue in his throwing shoulder.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.