Cole went five struggling innings against Houston in a 5-4 loss. The Pirates' ace now has a 6.08 ERA in five August starts.
The right-hander is coming off a 19-8 season in 2015, where he posted an ERA of 2.60. This lead to him making the All-Star team, finishing fourth in the Cy Young balloting, and even 19th in MVP voting. His first two seasons prior saw him put up win totals of 10 and 11 for Pittsburgh.
This injury now means that none of the Pirates five Opening Day starters are in the current rotation.
And the Cleveland Indians made a late-season trade on Tuesday, acquiring outfielder Coco Crisp from the Oakland Athletics. This will mark the return of Crisp to the team that he broke in to the big leagues with. The trade will have to be official by Wednesday for Crisp to be eligible for the postseason. The two sides are still awaiting league's approval.
The 36-year old spent his first four seasons in Cleveland, quickly becoming a fan favorite, but was traded to the Boston Red Sox after the 2005 season. He is currently batting .234 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 102 games this season.
Crisp will now move from the last place A's in the American League West, to the first place Indians in the American League Central. Cleveland holds a 4.5-game lead on Detroit in the division race.
Crisp has familiarity within the Indians' organization, as he played for manager Terry Francona during his time in Boston. The career .266 hitter is looking to be a viable replacement for Michael Brantley, who is done for the season.