PITTSBURGH (KDKA 93-7 The Fan) – Gerrit Cole has an ERA higher than 6 in spring training, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette told Tab Douglas that fans shouldn’t be concerned.
“He’s going out and working on things, and that’s kind of the catch phrase of spring is ‘working on stuff,’ but they really are. There’s a purpose to what they’re doing,” Brink said. “He’s good enough that any problems he had this spring, once he gets on a mound in a big league stadium with 35,000 people cheering behind you, I don’t think any of that stuff that bugged him in spring is really going to affect him.”
One area that’s a question mark is right field, where Jose Tabata and Travis Snider will platoon.
Brink told Douglas that the Pirates are pleased with where Snider is as the season begins.
“They’re happy this off-season that he’s had. He’s now taken care of the toe issue,” Brink said. “He’s had that surgically repaired, he’s trimmed a little weight, not that he was out of shape or overweight in previous years but he’s just gotten himself in a little better playing shape this winter, he changed his diet a little bit, and I think they’re optimistic that he’s going to be able to contribute a little bit more than he did last year.”