According to Kristy Robinson and Cory Geiger, the Pirates promoted Gerritt Cole to their AAA in Indianapolis. Cole will likely replace Kyle McPherson or Jeff Locke, either or both of whom may find work with the Major League team in early September. The Indians are the IL Western Division Champion and will thus play games after the regular season ends. The IL playoffs will enable Cole to gain postseason experience at the AAA level.
Cole struggled some in his final starts for the Altoona Curve.