Gerrit Cole left tonight’s game with left hamstring tightness.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 8, 2021
Update, 8:48pm: Exhale, for now. A tight hamstring is much, much better than any sort of arm problem for Gerrit Cole, certainly in terms of long-term injuries. Hard to say if this is a better short-term outcome than a blister or fingernail issue, though. I’m sure we’ll find out more in the postgame press conferences from Aaron Boone and Cole himself.
Cross your fingers and hope for the best, everyone. Gerrit Cole left tonight’s game in the fourth inning with the trainer. He definitely did not look his sharpest tonight, though his normal velocity was present up until the very last pitch, as you can see above.
The best case scenario here would be a blister, which some have speculated about on Twitter (such as Phil Hughes). Cole did hang a bunch of breaking balls tonight, and appeared to be looking at his hand right before he got checked on, so maybe it’s a simple as a blister hampering his grip.
We’ll update this post if any new information becomes available before the end of tonight’s game.