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Top Cole Waites News

  • Giants' Cole Waites: Brought back by Giants

    The Giants re-signed Waites (elbow) to a minor-league contract Sunday.

    Waites was non-tendered by San Francisco earlier this month but is now back in the organization. The 25-year-old had Tommy John surgery in September and will be sidelined until at least spring training in 2025. He'll now get to conduct his rehab in familiar surroundings.

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  • Cole Waites: No longer with Giants

    Waites (elbow) was non-tendered by the Giants on Friday.

    Waites is recovering from Tommy John surgery that will keep him out for the entire 2024 season. The hard-throwing righty reliever had a down year in 2023, logging a 6.16 ERA at Triple-A and struggling in a brief look in the majors.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Waites (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Waites was diagnosed with a right elbow sprain back in mid-July and apparently didn't respond very well to a period of rest and rehab. Giving the unfortunate timing of his UCL reconstruction procedure, the 25-year-old can probably be ruled out through all of next season. He's facing a 12-to-15 month recovery process.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Recalled, goes on 60-day IL

    Waites was recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Sacramento and placed on the 60-day injured list with a right elbow sprain.

    The transaction is largely a procedural move to clear out a 40-man roster spot for Heliot Ramos (oblique), who was reinstated from the 60-day IL and optioned to Triple-A. Waites will likely be optioned back to Sacramento once he returns to full health.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Optioned to Triple-A

    Waites was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento by the Giants on Thursday, Amy Gutierrez of the Giants' official site reports.

    The move happened after San Francisco's victory over Arizona on Thursday. It clears room for Alex Wood, who is coming off the 15-day injured list Friday. Waites will likely be an up-and-down option for the Giants throughout the 2023 campaign.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Summoned from Triple-A

    The Giants recalled Waites from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Waites had surrendered 10 earned runs on 11 hits and 12 walks through 9.2 innings this season at the Triple-A level, but the Giants need a fresh bullpen arm leading into the second of three games at Houston. The 24-year-old right-hander figures to operate in a low-leverage role.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Optioned to Triple-A

    Waites (lat) was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Waites made his spring debut Thursday, striking out two and allowing one hit over a scoreless inning. The plan is for Waites to build up with Sacramento early in the season. It's safe to assume that he's healthy since he got into game action, and a strong showing with Sacramento should earn the right-hander a look at the major-league level at some point this season.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: To make spring debut Thursday

    Waites (lat) is scheduled to make his spring debut Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Waites suffered a right lat strain just before the start of spring training, but he's made steady progress over the last several weeks and should be an option for the Giants' bullpen sometime in mid-to-late April. He's already been ruled out for an Opening Day roster spot, but that's only to allow more time for a proper build-up.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Throwing live BP again

    Waites (lat) is throwing another live bullpen session Sunday at the Giants' spring facility, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    It's the second live bullpen session for Waites, as the right-hander is working his way back from a strained right lat. The Giants have already announced that the 24-year-old will miss the start of the season, but it does appear Waites will be able to return to the San Francisco bullpen before the end of April if there are no setbacks.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Slated for live batting practice

    Waites (lat) will throw live batting practice Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Waites has already been ruled out for Opening Day because of a strained right lat, but he's progressing and might not miss too much time. The right-hander is expected to appear in some Cactus League games before spring training concludes.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Not expected to be ready for opener

    Waites (lat) is not expected to be ready in time for Opening Day, Evan Webeck of the Mercury News reports.

    Waites sustained a right lat strain in early February just before the start of camp. He's resumed throwing off a mound but isn't going to have enough time to avoid an injured list stint. It does seem as though Waites should be an option for the Giants at some point in April, though.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Set for another bullpen session

    Waites (lat) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Friday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Waites suffered a right light strain in early February, but he's made steady progress since resuming a throwing program a couple of weeks ago. The 24-year-old could be an option for the Giants' bullpen sometime in the opening month of the 2023 season if everything continues to go smoothly.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Resumes throwing program

    Waites (lat) resumed a throwing program Wednesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Waites has been on the shelf all camp due to a right lat strain he suffered prior to the start of spring training. He's evidently made some nice progress of late, although he may be hard-pressed to be ready for Opening Day.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Hopes to resume throwing Monday

    Waites (lat) will be re-evaluated Sunday and hopes to be cleared to resume throwing Monday, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Waites strained his right lat prior to camp and has been shut down since then, but he could still have enough time to get ready for Opening Day if he gains clearance to throw soon. If healthy, Waites has the potential to work his way into a high-leverage bullpen role.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Will begin throwing in one week

    Waites (lat) will begin a throwing program in a week, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Waites sustained a right lat injury in early February, but his MRI showed no major damage. The right-hander will still be delayed for a bit in camp, and a stint on the injured list to begin the regular season hasn't been ruled out yet.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: MRI shows no major damage

    Waites was cleared of any tendon damage in his right lat on Wednesday, Evan Webeck of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Waites strained his right lat just before he arrived at Giants camp, but an MRI taken this week showed significant healing. He is expected to pick up a baseball again within a couple of weeks, though the 24-year-old can probably already be ruled out for a spot in the Giants' active Opening Day bullpen.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Visiting doctors for lat injury

    Waites suffered a right lat injury during the first week of February and is scheduled to visit the Giants' team doctor in the coming days, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Waites made just seven appearances for the Giants in 2022, but he pitched reasonably well during his limited sample of 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and four walks. The right-hander is expected to be a middle-innings option for San Francisco in 2023, but the lat injury could derail his chances of clinching a spot on the Opening Day roster.

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  • Giants' Cole Waites: Rejoins big club

    Waites was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Waites was called up for his first taste of the majors Sept. 12 and appeared in five games before he was sent back to Sacramento 10 days later. The 24-year-old allowed one earned run with a 3:4 K:BB across five innings during that stretch, and he's now back with the big-league club for the final two games of the season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Lawrenceville, GA
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R