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Pirates activate Gerrit Cole

Brent Morel optioned to AAA; JaCoby Jones placed on the minor league DL.

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The Pirates have activated Gerrit Cole from the disabled list.  He'll start tonight against Atlanta and attempt to halt the Pirates' seven-game losing streak.  Cole made four rehab starts at Indianapolis, pitching 22.1 innings, allowing 21 hits and five walks, and striking out 16.  He'll take the rotation spot of Charlie Morton, who went on the disabled list with a hip problem.

To open a spot on the 25-man roster, the team optioned Brent Morel to AAA.  In a dozen games with the Pirates, Morel has hit 143/182/190.  In AAA, he's hit 251/318/356.

On the minor league front, Pirates Prospects is reporting that Honus Wagner JaCoby Jones has been placed on the seven-day disabled list due to illness.  Jones is hitting 292/353/502, with an organization-leading 22 HRs.