‘Healthy and confident,’ Cole looking like pre-2016 self

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Gerrit Cole threw five effective innings Sunday. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Including his Sunday start against the Blue Jays at LECOM Park, Gerrit Cole has precisely two Grapefruit League appearance to show for his five weeks in Florida.

Don't get it wrong, though. He's doing just fine in the run-up to what he and the Pirates hope will be a big rebound season.

"Healthy and confident" was how Neal Huntington described Cole on Sunday morning, and No. 45 reinforced that statement a few hours later, pumping gas and painting corners during five mostly-brisk innings of work in what developed into an 11-11 tie.